I went for a walk a few weeks ago during the hot June weather. It was noon, scalding, and the lake was covered in small ships at a sailing event. The scene was incredible: clouds in the distance, soft and subtle, deep grey and blue windmills sprouting up from Wolfe Island, the water shimmering like precious stones. The light itself was at an angle I haven’t often seen in paintings, so I thought I’d try my hand at capturing it.
Because I hadn’t taken any reference photos, this was easier said than done. The final image here is somewhat of a Wolfe Island ‘fantasy’, a re-imagining rather than a realistic portrayal of the exact landscape. I chose a pretty big canvas (which now occupies a wall in my living room!) to allow the the scene to have enough room. Choosing the blues was tricky. In the end I opted for anthraquinone, a really great rich blue with a higher chroma than Prussian, and some true cerulean (not the hue, which can get muddy). My previous interpretations of Wolfe Island have made use of strong, high-key colours, so here I wanted to be more gentle, more sutble. I took the photo a few times but was never able to capture all the colours I had used (the titanate yellow doesn’t show up very well).