|'Sandwood Bay on a Moody Day' - mini canvas 6 x 4 inches|
What seems like many moons ago, back when my blog was called PointyPix, I did a series of whimsical illustrations that I called Twisty Towns. I painted about 15, sold about 9 of them and the rest were languishing in my art supply cupboard gathering dust. So, in the interests of make do and mend, and not having any blank mini canvasses left, I decided to up-cycle (i.e. paint over) them.
Now, at the time I'd been enamoured with crackle glaze and had used it willy nilly on all my paintings. Sure it gave a great effect but it turns out that it isn't so easy to paint over. I tried but the paint just seemed to glide off it. So, I had an idea - I stuck pieces of an old book (Wuthering Heights in case you're interested) onto the canvas with Mod Podge and then I painted over that in Black - et voila, a new blank (black) canvas to start a new mini landscape on.
Anyway, I used a palette knife on this as before but I'm working on several pieces at the same time right now and one of them has been causing me problems. I had a happy accident with that piece when I used a little sponge on a stick dabber thingy, that I'd bought one time on eBay, to try to remove some paint and loved the textured effect it gave. So I used it on this as well. I'm halfway through another landscape at the moment and the sponge is working a treat!
I perused the many wonderful photographs that S has taken of the stunning landscape surrounding us all along the north coast of Scotland and happened upon a lovely atmospheric photo of Sandwood Bay (the most remote beach in Scotland - it's a 4.5 mile walk from the car park to get to the beach but well worth it). The sky was cloudy but sunny at the same time giving it a lovely light. Anyway, this painting is my loose interpretation of S's photo.
|Credit where credit's due: Thanks to S for all the lovely reference photos!|
Blue skies are of course my preference in 'real life' but for the purposes of landscape paintings I do love a stormy sky - so much more interesting to paint, I think!