For 2018 I have decided to start a sort of blog series of the stories behind the paintings. Some will be more about the technique and others will be how I came up with the idea.
I'm starting this series off with one of my favorites, Starlight Beach. The original painting is on a 16x20 cotton canvas in acrylics and is still available for sale. If you're interested in purchasing, please contact me directly.
I started this painting by drawing the shell in pencil first. I wanted to paint it but wasn't quite sure what I wanted the background to be.
I decided on a night beach scene and this was when I was really getting the hang of painting night skies. I painted the whole canvas black and worked on only the sky. I did several layers to get a softer look to the galaxies and stars. To do the galaxies I used a large round brush and did a tapping motion onto the canvas. It's my favorite way of doing night skies and is also therapeutic! At this time I shared my art space with my husbands office in a small room. We were both in there one day, he was working on his computer and I was painting and working on the sky. I was doing the tapping technique with my brush and was really getting into it until I looked over at my husband and realized that I was kind of tapping loudly and it was annoying him, lol Luckily my husband has a good sense of humor. I am just really grateful to have my own space in the new house now! I am allowed to tap as loudly as I want now! :)
Once I was happy with it, I began on the bottom part of the painting. I did the water and beach before starting on the sea shell. I used my drawing of the shell and traced the outline of it onto the canvas. Then I did several layers on the shell putting in the details and shadows.
I really tried to convey a calmness to the painting, so its relaxing to look at.
This was really fun revisiting the process of this painting and I look forward to sharing more with you!
I hope you enjoy the painting!