oil on textured panel_12in by 16in. Painted from Richard's photo reference in the studio.

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Comment by Stuart J. Gourlay on July 30, 2016 at 4:16
Thanks, Richard! I am gradually getting used to painting alla prima with Gamblin's solvent free medium (alkyd plus safflower oil); it doesn't get gummy like the Galkyd lite was doing. I still need to keep working earnestly on my design so that flaws like my linear foreground are eliminated. Monet's early coastal works are my favorites among his many paintings!
Comment by Richard Robinson on July 29, 2016 at 17:13

Nice one Stuart. Reminds me of Monet's coastal work somewhat. You're right about the foreground being too linear. 

Comment by Stuart J. Gourlay on July 27, 2016 at 8:05

Thanks Jon, Ana, Ian and Eibhlin!  John, I closed my surgical practice a year ago and I'm doing part time travelling surgical assignments; this really frees me up to paint more, and I'm enjoying the decreased stress of part time versus constant work!  Ana, I didn't have to do too much interpretation with Richard's photos as well as my own and after painting there, but I like the bigger views of a vista with some foreground.   Ian, I was trying to drag the eye into the painting with the color in my cliffs; thanks for letting me know that I accomplished that!!  Eibhlin, you are right!!  I saw that when I first posted the painting and I deleted the post and made some quick changes to break up the straight lines of the foreground foliage; I obviously didn't make enough changes because it sure looks straight to me and threatens to draw my eye off the bottom of the picture on the right!

Comment by Ana Murza on July 25, 2016 at 16:18

Stuart, I really like your interpretation. Your focal point is perfectly executed.

Comment by Jon Main on July 24, 2016 at 7:23

That sounds like living the life!

Comment by Stuart J. Gourlay on July 24, 2016 at 2:42
Thanks, Jon! I was there with Richard in the workshop when he took the photo, and his photo reference was better than mine. My plein air painting was not that great, either. This photo was from about 9 or 10 am and it was not that hot yet, but the warm morning sun from the East was burning off the coastal fog very quickly. It did get up into the high 70s that afternoon, but the offshore breeze kept it tolerable. Since the bluffs there are quite steep and the large offshore rock that gives the cove its name a bit lower than the bluffs, the only way to see the top of the fin above the horizon is to be part way down the bluff. Not feasible to paint there and tough to take photos from there, so artistic license is required. Scott Hamill gave a great demo down on the beach that morning and about 8 of us climbed down the bluff with him. None of us took our paint boxes down to paint on the beach, but Scott is a surfer and negotiated the path easily with all his gear! Great workshop!
Comment by Jon Main on July 24, 2016 at 1:59

Nice, Stu - looks like it was hot! Like the lead in

Comment by Stuart J. Gourlay on July 23, 2016 at 20:49
Thank you Cristina!
Comment by Cristina Mihailescu on July 23, 2016 at 15:10



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