99.9% Complete

Not much is left to do now.  Just some fine lines, a few shadows, and a signature.


Ripples and Shadows

Layering of the water continues.


Shadows and Railings

Rendering ellipses in perspective is often maddening and always time consuming, but I’m pleased with these thus far.



This afternoon I refined the shape and position of the balustrades, and blocked them in with a dark variation of the same color used for the sand.


Ocean & Sand

Today I began adding multiple details to the ocean water and refined the color of the sand along the beach.


Detail of Second Session

The base layer of the beach goes in with a mix of Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Yellow, Burnt Sienna, and a touch of Alizarin Crimson.

This is usually where I start getting scared.


Detail of First Session

A mix of Ultramarine, White, Payne’s Gray, and a touch of Cadmium Yellow forms the base for the ocean and sky.


Blocking-In Begins

I typically work from top to bottom, back to front. This piece began with the sky, and then the horizon.

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Color Palette For My Next Commission

My next commissioned piece will be composed of seven (7) base colors - as shown here.

Color preparation represents about an hour’s worth of work.