I was asked to create a long panorama of the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare for a couple who got engaged right there! I loved having an excuse to work big again and this is 36″ wide by 13″.
|Having sketched out the cliff face to get the perspective I’m
making sure here that the horizon is level and at the golden
ratio point which is about 0.61.
|Working on the sky. I don’t have one photo to work from for this
as the clients wanted more muted tones. So I’m creating a
sunrise colour scheme although at this stage the yellow sky
looks a bit strange!
|I’m working the land from farthest away. Each layer of land will
have a mask of pastel applied over it and blended in slightly
to give that effect of hazy morning light.
|The waves make a nice sweeping motion around the bay here
adding that sense of perspective. Here I’ve just
given myself some directional lines to keep me right when
I come to do the waves.
|Working more of the land and using a vibrant blue and lilac for the
sea foam in the shadow of the cliffs. This should contrast well
with the light yellowy shade I use as my highlight colour on
the brightest waves and in the sky.
|You can see my dark bottom layer on the cliff closest to you here.|
|I’ve then built up the texture of the cliff with angular marks
using purples and yellowy greens. A lot of the cliffs are made up
of shades of purple surprisingly but this contrasts nicely with
that yellow sky.
|The sea is loose and hopefully gives a sense of those waves
rolling towards the cliffs.
Hope you enjoyed the progress of this piece. It was something quite different for me as usually when I paint a landscape there is some kind of focus. Instead I feel like this has a calm feel to it with the focus being completely on the drama of the landscape.
The cliffs are a place I have not yet had the pleasure of visiting, but I think I need to go see them in person soon!