Watercolour painting created by Libby Hyett, art work named Little Girl Lost

Today was a bright, sunny day

Work in progress oil painting Water Crystals by Libby Hyett artist.
So I went to the beach to kick up some splashes again.

And get ideas.

What the heck am I doing wrong?





Work in progress oil painting Water Crystals by Libby Hyett artist.
This painting is called Water Crystals and the way I'm going, the sea's gonna turn dry before it's ever finished.

I looked at the sunlight through the ocean.

I decided to break the colour scheme down to four tones. Darkest shadow, next to the ripple of yellow light; brown sort of dingy sand; blue sheen highlight on the water............but then, to contrast my four tones of the water, bright white splashes.


I have a loose, spontaneous style I think. In that respect, oil painting isn't necessarily the best medium for me, because everything is slow. Slow layering, slow drying. One move at a time, like a chess game.


Sunlight balances shadows and it all makes sense.


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