Learning the many ways to use negative painting will help you as you create your paintings. In this water view painting I know that the posts will be painted darker than the sky & water, therefore I do not have to carefully work around them as I paint in the sea & sky. I do not mask out the post shapes. As I add the ground and plants I negative paint around the posts. It is simple to do and allows me to save the light area where I will add the colors of the posts later when the rest of the painting is completely dry.
I was not looking for realistic colors for this painting. I wanted it to be full of bright colors that would stand out but not necessarily be accurate. Each post is painted using purple & gold paints. This is a design decision I made, you may use any colors you like. The beach grasses and foreground are painted in last and my color choices were pink, purple & blue.
This colorful water view was painted plein air, not in my studio. The beauty of sitting outside on a sunny day with a warm salty breeze blowing beats the confines of the studio any day. Sometimes I need to get away from my work in the studio and plant myself out in nature and let the paints work their magic. A little change of scenery does the creative soul good.
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