acrylic and coloured pencil, mixed media beach
Midnight, High Tide. 11-12 ins square, acrylic and coloured pencil painting. Vivien Blackburn
So far all the paintings I've done of this subject have been daytime or evening - I wanted to catch a nightime view and also do a painting with the tide high.
I underpainted in a mix of ultramarine and raw umber and white. Ultramarine or indigo and burnt umber are what Paynes Gray is made up with - so that's a colour you really don't need to buy. If you mix your own you can tip it slightly bluer or slightly browner and have a little variety, which I think is more interesting than a flat colour.
I then added touches of colour on the cliffs, in the clouds and the sea in purple, blues, green, ochre and brown coloured pencils. The underlying acrylics create a unity of colour and help with the night time feeling.
The long thin drawing I did earlier I decided I wasn't happy with - I've cropped a square out of the middle. which I like better: