Afternoon Bluffs - Original Oil Painting of Laguna Beach

"Afternoon Bluffs"
6" x 8" Oil on canvas panel.
©2012 by Kim VanDerHoek
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This small painting was an exercise in linking like values. It's easy to get overwhelmed by all the detail we see in the landscape and one way to combat adding too much information early on is by editing the scene down to the essential value masses. The bluffs here had a lot more color and detail in them in real life but I chose to link all the similar values together with a general color and ignore the details. After that I put in the ocean color, sky and trees. After the block-in stage I was analyzing all the colors and values together I could tell right away that the bluffs were reading clearly enough that all I had to do was to pull out some of the highlights on them. After that, the painting needed some whitewater in the sea and it was done.


Karen Bruson said…
Love the colors in the rocks and the way you painted the trees.
elsie said…
it's so interesting to read about your process as an artist and how you achieve the lovely effects that you do

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