When you first start painting, you tend to save every attempt. As you improve your skills, you start to reuse canvases with substandard work in order to be thrifty. Sometimes when you reuse a canvas, the texture of the underpainting shows through. That isn’t always so bad, a little texture can enhance a painting. But sometimes, it ends up right in the middle of an otherwise perfect sky… That is unfortunately what happened with this one. Which is a shame because otherwise I think it turned out pretty good. Here are the Skellig Islands at Sunset on a recycled canvas. If you can’t spot the blemish, ignore everything I just said!
I’ve been trying to put my lockdown time to good use. Actually, or rather sadly maybe, this is not that much different from my normal routine. Although I am missing my pub time… I’m back to work on the WWI novel [for real this time] and I’m doing an editing project for a friend. This painting is the result of several failed attempts at painting water lilies. In frustration, I painted the canvas purple and then parts of it randomly black. I was immediately reminded of a photo I took of the ocean at night and voila:
The ocean in a storm is a fear inspiring thing.
Acrylic on canvas:
Digital painting done with Procreate and Apple Pencil: