I'm starting to figure that out.
I guess what it basically comes down to is that instead of figuring where to shade, you have to concentrate on where to show light.
And always the muted colours.
|Acrylic on 10x8 panel - SOLD|
Oh, there was water, so that's kind of the same, right?
(I still plan to paint that scene, at some point. But I need to take some reference photos first. Or get myself a plein air set-up.)
Wood supports don't seem to suck color up as quickly as canvas does (even primed) so there's a lot of opportunity to move color around, which can be liberating and frustrating, at the same time. I must have colored the board in with purples and blues, and then wiped them off again, about twenty times.
What resulted was an interesting sort of glazing effect. I was using a lot of gloss gel which gave a bit of transparency to the color as well. This worked out well for the sky and water, giving both a bit of depth.
The frustrating part would come when I got things looking just about right, and then I'd try to blend a bit more and rub a whole swath of color right off the board.
That happened a few times, and it sucked.
I don't have a lot of complaints here. The stars look a little juvenile, but that's about it. I like the look of the water quite a bit.