I wanted to learn how to paint basalt so I’m doing a basalt island study using this photo from Getty Images as a reference.
I am deliberately not using the eye dropper tool to sample colours from the photo reference but instead I’m practicing guessing the colours myself.
- Using the trick of starting out on a small canvas, first I painted the sky:
- Then I blocked-in the water:
- Then the basalt island:
- At this point I viewed the image in grayscale to check the values (brightness) of the various components:
- This looked OK to me so I scaled the image up by 300% and started painting in more detail:
I’m determined to be in bed by 11pm so I’m signing off now.