It takes constant vigilance to paint out of your comfort zone. It is amazing how easy it is to paint from habit. In order to paint Morning Hits the Rocks as I wanted, I continually had to stop from my habitual knee jerk reaction. My first attempt to paint this seascape ended with me poking a hole in the canvas with my brush but I don't recommend doing that since it damages your canvas and your brush. The truth is I have gone through a lot of emotions to achieve the painting I wanted. I am, after all, a temper-mental artist.
Even with so much inner conflict, completing this painting has given me a lot of satisfaction. You may recognize the trees which I used for another blog post, Painting with a Colors Complement. I am thrilled with the resulting seascape and hope you agree. The colors are intense, strong and clean throughout the painting. I infused colors into the shadows for more drama. I played with complementary colors (see How to Paint with Color by Sharon Weaver) at every level of painting and layered the paint to achieve depth.
This painting was inspired by Morning on the Rocks, a plein air study of Lovers Cove in northern California.
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4 Responses to Painting Beyond an Artists Comfort Zone
I love how you used the compliments to do this seascape. Very nice.
I am glad you went out of your comfort zone, this painting is gorgeous!!!!!
Thanks. It represents torment and pleasure. Every brushstroke was tough but oooh so glad with the finished painting.
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