Pacific Edge evolved from a weekend visit with friends who live on Cape Arago Highway between Basendorff Beach and Sunset Bay. Their place is along cliff’s edge above the Pacific and the day was overcast with a busy sky and constantly changing light. I did some sketches and clicked with my iPad for next day references in the studio.
Gradually working toward the abstract with the aid of landscape from backyard to south across neighbor’s yard and fences. Briefly, here are the steps from real to sketch to painting.
I am wanting to get away from realism and especially getting caught up doing the small ‘details’ and ‘picky’ unnecessary parts of my artwork. I thought I would look and examine the outdoors around home for composition, shapes, and the interaction of art elements. My goal is to eventually work non-objective.
This first landscape is of our backyard fence with the neighbor’s garage behind it. I was intrigued with the interaction of geometric and natural elements. I, also, steered away from the actual existing colors and experimented with the palette.
A couple of months ago in September I was working on a 16×20 canvas with a vague idea that was ‘going no where.’ I began to see a reflective pond with many colors taking my memory to Shore Acres Garden pond as a theme. I recalled I had a couple of reference pics similar to what was developing. One was found and it assisted in creating a basic structure as far as foreground, middle and rear. Colors, textures, and structure became invented. A fun acrylic painting!
Last Tuesday’s plein air outing had cool and windy conditions dis-allowing for painting but prompting time for gathering reference material for studio. After gathering info at the end of Cape Arago highway, Cape Arago, I made a stop at Shore Acres for an hour or so. Today was studio work with pic and sketch off cliffs of Shore Acres looking south toward Whiskey Run. The Pacific was wide awake!
The following is a pic – a sketch – and oil painting (16×20) on stretched canvas: