I love Lake Michigan, and at sunset it is gorgeous. Here I show the first three steps to creating a landscape of this beautiful body of water.
First, I did a rough sketch in ultramarine blue:
Rough sketch of Lake Michigan
Next, I started blocking in my main colors. This is still very rough, but gives me an idea of what the finished layout will look like.
Color blockout for Lake Michigan painting
I used ultramarine blue, transparent oxide red, black and a bit of olive green for the grays; olive and sap green and yellow ochre, along with a bit of cadmium yellow light for the grass. The red is alizaron crimson and white, along with a bit of cad. red light and cad.yellow.
Now, I block things in, in more detail, using a finer brush. I make the highlights brighter, create better sky color, and work on the sand dune patterns.
More detail in the Lake Michigan landscape
At this point, it’s getting closer. In my next post, I’ll share the finished painting.