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January 10, 2018

Artist Lloyd Thibodeau
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Oil Painting of Background Land

Completed "Ocean Walker" Oil Painting

The background landscape received some darker and lighter colors to make it more structured to being an extended area of land. I've painted the lighthouse some more to define it along with the smaller building.

You may notice in the ocean water that I've added a hint of warm colors in the waves. I wanted to avoid making this painting too chaulky or too muddy. That is chaulky is when there is mostly blue colors and muddy is where there is too much warm colors. So in order to balance this a combination of both warm and cool colors needs to be present.

Painting of Water Highlights

I've brushed in some of the water highlights around the buoy base which creates a realisitic effect of water motion. Really gives you the feeling that the buoy is slighty bobbing up and down in the water. It also gives you the sense of being out in the distance ocean waters.

Some metal feature details where also brushed on the buoy in the center where the framing is welded to the drum like base. The number two along with the light fixture on top got painted in.

Oil Painting of Background Land

I've made some slight color changes to the backgound land formation. To make the beach sand area standout just a little bit more I painted in a lighter beige color along the water's edge.

I've also darken some of the edges of the grassy areas to make them more visible. The paintbrush found it's way to brush on some more pathways along the beach to reach the hill above it.

Along the way greenish artist paint colors where painted in near the lighthouse and along the upper edge of the whole land mass. When green and red are next to each other they have a tendency to really pop out at you where they meet together. Painting these two color next to each other on the canvas helps to draw attention to specific areas in the composition.

Ocean Bouy Painting

"Ocean Walker" bouy is now being painted in. The foundation of this oil painting is really showing that composition was a good one.

The ocean bouy is pushing the land formation way into the background. This and the clouds floating behind the bouy add to the 3D effect of making the overall painting have distance.

It is easy to imagine yourself sitting on a ship floating by while feeling the ship's motion as it moves over the waves. Sounds of water lapping against the ship and bouy may ring in your mind along with a sense of scents coming from the ocean water.

Overall this oil painting is a real joy to work on and I'm feeling this will also become one of my favorite one to paint.

Ocean Water Painted

Over the base foundation painting of dark Thalo Blues and French Ultramarine Blue the second application of oil paints was brush on.

At this point of the artwork it is coming alive as if the waves are actually moving the bouy and we haven't reached the final oil paint of highlightings.

This seascape composition is also becoming 3D. Looking at the land formation reaching out into the ocean, it appears as if it is in the background where the land is intended to be. It's appearance is not flat and pulls you into the artwork as if you where in a boat you could actually row past the bouy toward it. Notice the bouy itself. It appears flat at this point and seems to lay on top of the painting but this will change as the details of it are painted in.

Paintng cloud background a third step of artist oil painting Ocean Walker

Painting Cloud Base Formations

With a pencil I've lighty drew in where I'd like the cumlumus clouds to be painted in. Then by mixing French Ultramarine, Titanium White and a little Phatlo Blue I brush on varying degrees of a blue colors in the background sky. Beginning with darker colors near the top of the canvas and painting the sky lighter as I progress to the horizon line.

After the main sky area is painted in I've brushed in the cloud base layers to determine the placement of the clouds in the artwork's composition. In doing so I've mixed an additional color of Indian Yellow for those clouds near the horizon and also painted them on the lighter side. Clouds in the distance tend to be lighter in colors due to the atmosphere verses those clouds you may see directly overhead.

Also the clouds closer to the horizon I've painted in smaller in size compared to the other clouds on the canvas. Painting this way helps to create a feeling of distance when looking at the artwork. Cloud placement is also on the rules of thirds line to create a more pleasing composition.

The background land area was brushed on to better define it and I really like the way the base layer is creating an effect of moving the land mass into the distance. When the base painting layer demonstrates the characteristics your trying to acheive early in the beginning then you're painting in the right direction. It makes a more rewarding painting experience for the artwork.

Oil Painting Ocean Walker

Painting First Layer of "Ocean Walker"

When starting this oil painting in which I will entitle "Ocean Walker" I first painted in light value of colors to size things up and lay in the basic foundation of the composition. With oils many artist will begin painting from the darkest areas to the lightest areas which I'll do in the proceeding steps.

Background Clouds and Bouy

It was really fun painting in the background clouds. Painting the clouds in helped to pushed the bouy forward and created a very nice 3D effect in the artwork. It made a dramatic change from the flat 2D perception on the first rendering.

One thought I had to keep in mind when painting these clouds was that clouds will generally illuminate from within themselves. So on the edges of darker ones a glowing effect needs to be painted in.

Second Painting Session

Some of the artist oil colors in this second painting session is accomplished with artist oil colors of French Ultramarine, Phthalo Blue, Permanent Rose, Cadium Yellow Medium and Titanium White.

Second painting session of  artist oil painting Ocean Walker

I find French Ultramarine with a little Permanent Rose to darken makes a wonderful sky color for me. So I've brushed in the upper portion in heavy blues and then lightened as the sky moves down toward the horizon area just above the water line of the ocean. In between near and above the land area I've brushed in more Permanent Rose to give a lavender color. Painted in below this as the color progresses toward the ocean some Titanium White is brush on to brighten the atmosphere. Then near the water level I've painted in a small amount of Cadium Yellow Medium to give a glowing effect. On a later brushing I will use Indian Yellow that will heighten this glowing appearance.

I really like the effect this second painting session has had. The background gives the real impression that it is in the background. It's not flat but appears to have depth to the foundation of the art composition. And the land area on the lower rules of thirds line is faded as elements in distance generally are adding to the effect.

This causes the bouy to be push forward. When the bouy is reaching it's final painting session it will really be the focus of this artwork giving it a great feeling of distance in the artwork.

I think that what would make this oil painting striking is to paint bright cumulus clouds in the background. Painting them with a golden indian yellow glow and a touch of light red to create a pinkish tone will make a dramatic view. And so to the image folder for references on clouds and I've selected about seven to reference from.

First painting session of oil painting Ocean Walker

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