I had a plein air day out on Balboa Island. Everyone was painting the Pavilion and I wanted to do something different. I am just trying to find subjects on my own. I really want to find my own subject matter and paint it. It makes me ask what excites me about a subject. What I do with that isn't always what I thought it would be, but I figure eventually I will start putting it together.
This was a very gray day. It had been raining up by my house and it was just cold down on the island. I saw this private pier and dock and liked the reflection of the boat covers in the water. I also liked the way the pier cut across the picture to the dock and divided the canvas. Also the distant houses and palm trees divide the upper part of the canvas. I like practicing muted geometric shape that make up buildings in the distance.
Well everything was gray and it took a lot to see any color. Also dealing with the white railing was difficult. This is one I will try again hopefully on a sunnier day. By the time I got in my car the temp had dropped 15 degrees and it was starting to rain.