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Join Kathryn Stats as she expertly captures the scene in the alla prima method, using a previously painted study and a computer monitor for references, capturing the reflected light, the rhythm of the water and the wave patterns as they roll inland, and treating the breaking foam as a solid object, to be expertly carved and shaped at the end to give form to the froth, while using both palette knife and, mostly, bristle brushes.
She clearly describes her palette of colors, including a few that one would not normally associate with water, but which are most effective in producing the realistic color of the water on the Southern California coast
Kathryn also discusses and demonstrates the importance of aerial perspective in creating the three dimensional form, while maintaining the loose nature of the painting. Watch as she looks, then corrects, to maintain the proper relationships.
Her style allows the painting to "read" well almost from the beginning, even though much is yet to come. Through periods of silence, Kathryn allows the observer to become absorbed in her slow, yet deliberate, paint strokes that create the loose and difficult task of capturing the movement of the water and the froth, as the water reaches the shore line, as well as the nearby rock formations that frame the beach scene.
Her love of color, her unerring sense of proper light and her skillful brushwork makes this strong, deliberate painting feel effortless.