Redondo Beach plein air

Redondo Harbor plein air, 2010 by frank eberRedondo Beach Harbor, 2010
Posted in the California, USA gallery

I am very busy doing a huge mural in a private residence with four other artists right now. So unfortunately, there wasn’t so much time for my own art in the last two weeks.

I love going down to the King Harbor and painting there. It makes for incredibly complex scenes. There are so many boats, you cannot possibly paint them all in! The key is to pick one or two boats as the focal point. For all the others, I came up with this idea where I just drop in the colors I see, mostly in the wet-in-wet technique, and hope for the best! For some miraculous reason of watercolor, it seems to work. Of course I didn’t post the ones where it didn’t! Sometimes it just takes three or four attempts before you come up with a good one. It is all part of being a watercolorist. Oil painters have it a little easier, they can just go back and make endless corrections. But in my humble opinion, there is nothing like the luminosity of a well executed watercolor. When it works out, it just glows!

I was attracted to this scene because of the white sun protection strapped over the boat. It enhances the focal point because it creates a strong contrast and your eyes immediately go there. The A-shaped sail is the white of the paper!

This painting is approximately 10″x 14″ (25cm x 35cm) and was done in about 2 hours. One of the biggest challenges painting on location is finding a motif that will work. You can spend an hour or more wandering around looking for the perfect view and never find it! The more time you spend looking, the more anxious you get, so it makes sense to visit ahead of time and scope out the place. That way you already know where to go and what to paint once you make it out.

6 thoughts on “Redondo Beach plein air

  1. lesliepaints

    You absolutely caught all that sparkling light at the dock. I also like how you chose to lead the viewer into the scene with the use of the dock. Beautiful, Frank.

    1. frankeber Post author

      You are right, Leslie – that’s exactly what I was trying to do. There was all kinds of junk on the dock and two huge electrical outlets. I just omitted them.
      thanks as always, for stopping by. I sure appreciate your comments!

  2. Carol King

    Frank, another beautiful painting. I like what you said to select one boat and focus on that rather than trying to paint all of them. Great shadows in the water and I really like the muted gray in the background shapes.

  3. aaronswank

    Really enjoy this painting. The ripples in the water and shadow of the boat are mesmerizing. Hope you’re able to find more time to paint.

    Sam E.

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