Sketches, choosing colours
These two sketches helped me choose colours and lines to emphasize in my painting Milford Sound. The first sketch uses a bright blue on top of a dark blue to show the sea. The second sketch uses a bright blue on top of a dulled green to show the colours of the sea. The sky in the second is lighter to emphasize the line of the mountain that falls to the sea.
The top colour chart is for the second sketch which became the colours of my painting Milford Sound.
Mitre Peak is a mountain in the sound that is a very strong national symbol. I was more interested in the meeting of mountain and sea than that icon. I removed photographic details of that mountain to emphasize that relationship.January 30, 2014
These are sketches from a May 2011 hike on the Milford Track in New Zealand. My sketches are small so they can fit in a pack. They are all about 6”x 9” approximately. They are made to help me to develop a colour pallet . I also pack a camera to remember details that will help me finish a studio painting. This is a four day hike that starts with a boat trip across Lake Te Anau .The trail follows the Clinton Valley, climbs the MacKinnon Pass, drops into a beech forest in the Arthur Valley and is finished with a boat trip across the Milford Sound.