After I painted in the ropes, I let the painting dry. I made a list of things I wanted to change.
I added more rocks, as I wanted the area to look more treacherous - an explanation for why the ropes are there. I wanted to add some more things to the painting. Jon suggested a dolphin in the water and a bird flying in the air.
I didn't think I could add them and didn't want to ruin the painting. But, I was determined to squash that negative voice in my head.
I wanted to keep the painting, realistic looking and researched a lot of images of dolphins and birds.
I was now on a mission. I also went through my own photos of this beach area and found some images that I thought I could add.
So, I added a pelican on a post....
I added a trio of dolphins.
And crane in the surf...
And a flock of birds in the air
|My original sketch in my notebook|
And here is the completed painting and the original photo....