I think my shadows have been overly dark lately, so I’ve been seeking opportunities to “lighten up”.  An old reference photo of “China Cove” in Point Lobos did the trick. The photograph was over exposed, so everything was lighter than it would have been otherwise.

As I was painting this, the colors in the photo where washed out, so I also thought about pushing them further.  I had a good time with this painting, and very happy with it. It has the sense of light I was looking for.  I also reminds me of somewhat of Camille Przewodek’s colors. I tend to drift between schools of color, from Camille’s light key paintings to the more dramatic value changes of the Russian impressionists school.  I think I’ll stay in this key for a while, and see how things go.

Also, I took photos of the painting in progress, so created a little video (see below).


China Cove – Oil on Linen – 12×9

Here’s a short video of the painting in process.


Click to visit YouTube.  Be sure to click “Watch in High Quality” link, lower right.

12 thoughts on “Painting China Cove

  1. Oh, Ed You got some nice color in that painting!
    It’s a beauty.
    And thanks for the little video, too.

    Late apology, I had to take down the video I made for Randy.
    He’s a great guy and I put it up without his permission.
    I think he wants to do his own, only with professionals.

  2. Dynamite! Dynamite! Dynamite! I wish I had time to watch the video too! Thanks for your kind note Ed regarding our recent good news. I’ve been a bit out of it, but facebook keeps me in touch a bit!
    All the best from Maine,

  3. Goodness, there’s a lot in the painiting, but you get across an amazing sence of space. Looking at it I feel that I could reach out my arm and feel round the back of the rocks. Yet you haven’t used the obvious ‘tricks’ to do this, just your honest rendition of the colours you saw. I could never paint this – I’d have lines and contours to try to create the depth and solidness. You use patches of colour, no line at all, and yet you achieve all that. I’m awestuck.

  4. Unfortunatley both of my grandmothers have passed away. Had they not, I’d be on eBay selling one of them so that I could raise the funds to buy this. Ed, I don’t know what pact you’ve made with the devil to be able to paint like that but it’s working.

  5. Wow, thank you so much Steph. This painting represents a kind of rare moment. I need to see if I can recreate that way of thinking and approach in future works. Then again, perhaps I should be satisfied and not attempt it! I can’t help trying. I guess that separates me from a master (among other things!), the ability to be completely consistent. Or, at least that’s the expectation. What a burden!

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