Above is a new and improved version of the Rockport Harbor painting from last week. I’m hoping you might be curious to see what can happen to a plein air painting after the artist gets to stare at it in the studio for a while. It all started when I decided that the shape of the red fish house was not quite right. Perspective errors are the worst–they haunt me forever unless I fix them. And once I dive into a painting to make one correction, chances are pretty good that I will find other ways to improve on a painting, even a painting that started out not so bad. (With a bad painting, I’m like a dog with a bone–I won’t give it up.) So, after correcting the shape of the fish house, I made the following changes:
Sky: horizon color–greener
Red fish house: adjusted values of lighted and shaded sides
Blue fish house: changed color of roof
Boats: added clean whites to sun-struck surfaces
Water: brought up reflections of boats, toned down reflection of red fish house
Stone abutments: eliminated highlights, contrast
After making those changes, I submitted the painting to Patrick McCay’s critical gaze in my EEE class, and, following his advice:
Foreground shrub: added darker shadows, to better compete with the dark in the middle boat
Middle boat: inserted lighter shadows into the deck , so that the boat stopped attracting the eye
Red fish house: grayed down the red on the fish house–to comport with aerial perspective rules.
I think it’s done now. Unless something else starts to bother me about it. But I am deep into more studies for the Mount Washington bike race painting and unlikely to give Rockport Harbor another going over.
Here are two Mt. Washington studies, one finished (maybe) and the other, not quite finished–hope you like them!
Aline Lotter is currently exhibiting:
at the Gallery at 100 Market Street in Portsmouth; at the Sage Gallery in Manchester; at the Hatfield Gallery in Manchester; at the Bartlett Inn in Bartlett; at the Red Jacket Inn in North Conway; and at her studio by appointment.
Link to website: www.paintingsbyaline.com