Painting on the run has its challenges. Finding a subject, limited time and working in haste. Not all works work out. This painting which I did in Nice last year has some learning opportunities (aka glaring errors) that lend themselves to reflection and refinement.
1. Composition. The scene has a near centre horizon line. To have the one third sky or two thirds sky allows for focus and expression. The large foreground is difficult to do anything visually exciting with and is a wasted opportunity to use the valuable real estate in a small work.
2. Colour. Neither warm nor cool, this study needs to decide what it is and tone up or down to create mood. The rule of thirds can assist. One third warm, two thirds cool and a highlight of light or dark to give wow factor!
3. Tone. The absence of contrast means no strong shapes so to remedy this the headland could be darker to illuminate the sky and shore.
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