As a result of some watercolor sessions with two friends, I am becoming interested in water and how to paint it with some degree of realism. After a couple of attempts with watercolor, I know I have a way to go. This painting is inspired by the photograph taken by one of these friends at Bodega Bay. There was a boat in the photograph which I conveniently left out. The three of us painted the same scene with me leading the way (as if I knew what I was doing). The rocks actually were added because the texture of the paint suggested them; they weren’t in the photograph itself. Instead, there were some grasses on little peninsulas. Overall, I like this, but the water needs something. I do like that I left all that white on the water; it looks like sunlight.
With colored pencils I tend to work very lightly, laying layer upon layer upon layer, always working on the whole composition at once, so I can see where I’m going with it. This one is only partly done, but is starting to come together. I think the perspective is good. The water will be darker, the beach in front of the rocks a little darker, and some of the rocks need more shadowing, but I think it’s going to be a keeper.