New Harbor, ME is a beautiful little working harbor near Pemaquid Lighthouse. As lovely as it is, it can be hard to find a place to paint, where I’m not in someone’s way as they haul lobsters and bait around. I like to stop by late in the day, when things are quiet, which also means I’m there as the wind dies and the sun gets low in the sky.
I tend to like painting backlit scenes like this, because they have so much contrast and drama, but part of the trick to scenes like this is trying to keep the values from getting too dark. I need to have some dark passages, but I want to leave room for the darks to have some rich color. Even though passages like the pilings might be close to black, I want to see if those blacks lean warm or cool, and take advantage of those shifts to help give the painting a glow. Pushing those color temperature differences is what gives paintings a better pop of light.
This painting is 12×16″ oil on canvas.
Posted on Monday March 30, 2015 | 7 Comments