Thursday, 19 November 2009

Madeira Coast - Adjusted

Today I had another session with this canvas. In the wake of comments left here and on Wet Canvas I have made some adjustments. Some of them are subtle, probably as a result of my tentative efforts. For the record the first thing that I tried to do was to reduce the impact of the rock in the middle ground on the left. I mixed a bit of the base burnt umber with a touch of gray and white then judiciously applied it, then added a few highlights to help with the modelling. The next job was to soften the horizon line, done by adding a lighter mixture of sea colour and then blending it in. Other jobs done include the addition of some extra light wave colour, soften some rock edges and deepen some shadows. There is no doubt that these changes have been improvements, whether they go far enough or not I will decide after sitting on it for a few days.


Madeira Coast - Oil on canvas board 20" x 16"

4 comments:

michelleFRANTOM said...

Definitely better. That rock sits back a bit more now and because it is 'busier', now seems more like the focal point of the picture.

Mick Carney said...

Thanks a lot Michelle. There's nothing like another pair of eyes to get a different perspective on one's work.

Ron Guthrie said...

Hi Mick,
Now that's a piece of work! Beautiful finish Mick. Subtle changes that really make it sing....well done!
Ron

Mick Carney said...

Ron - That means a lot to me, thanks for the help and inspiration.