I took a picture of Sandy (my wife) at the Point Loma Lighthouse about a month ago. I wanted to paint the scene.
There are three lighthouses at Point Loma. One down below on the bay side that was the first one. It is in sort of a weird place and could not possibly have been seen by ships straight West and out to sea.
The second lighthouse built, this one, is atop the point.
The last, and the one still in use, is near sea side on the point. I have a few pictures of that one too and I hope to do sketch type painting of that one too.
I had some scrap matte material and taped a bit to a board for sketching. I had tinted the matte with quin. rust before I left the studio, heading to the Nampa Art Guild yesterday. I sketched the light house onto the matte at our meet and started painting with gouache and water. The matte didn't want to accept the pigment readily and I got a bunch of puddles which I sort of liked. The background tint wash I applied earlier had turned orange when dry. . . a lucky surprise. Anyway, I liked it.
I left some of the white qouache puddles thin for lighter value. Several washes of white were applied to the museum building in the foreground and it still didn't totally cover, but that's okay. I still like it. David Dunlop says that if everything is equal and spaced evenly the painting is suspect, or something similar. Clearly, this attempt is not suspect