"Karamea Lagoon" won Merit Award at the Splash-2019

Pre-planning the subject, the composition and colours is important for me. What happens between brain and brush connecting with the paper can be another matter! “Karamea Lagoon” is a very simple composition and being familiar with this area on the South Island’s West Coast, l was able to eliminate the tidal debris and severely simplify without losing the integrity and atmosphere.

I used Cobalt Blue dark, Fiance blue, Indigo, Raw Umber and a touch of Dragon’s Blood. l think it’s the white areas I have left and the horizontals contrasting with the stormy sky and soft foreground reflections that seem to work.

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