|"Pacific Shimmer", Pastel, 12x16|
... using this plein air study:
|"Coastal Repetitions", Pastel, 9x12|
My goal was to try shifting the focus away from the bright rocks and move the focus out further into the painting. I wanted to highlight the water and pull the eye out towards the horizon. About half way into the painting I put the plein air reference aside. It's interesting to see the extent to which they organically deviated from each other as I let the painting go where it needed to go on its own.