Trying to settle down to some new work. Have been looking at my sketches and at some photos and working through these in a slightly different way.
I thought I'd start in watercolour, to help me to think in colour. So I did this little watercolour thumbnail sketch of the Coral Beach. Then I tried to think about the motif in a more abstract way.
I also tried to sketch out ideas for the Applecross sandy beach in the same way. Here are the initial thumbnails. Starting out realistically, then becoming more abstract.
I followed this up by trying small pictures. The interplay of shapes is interesting and the shape of the space between the shapes. Although I was trying to take a more abstracted approach, this one turned out to be quite realistic.
So I tried again with more dramatic blocks of colour. Also thinking about the play of light. This is as far as I got.
It's good to play with ideas like this. I think the sandy beach with Skye on the horizon is quite a good motif and worth exploring further. I had intended doing this today but it was such a LOVELY day that I skived off. Well, I ended up doing a little sketching in North Berwick, so it was not a total holiday. And my excuse is that I do want to work on some East Lothian pictures....