We move on. I don’t think that the sky is finished but one needs to see the whole picture to assess and adjust colours and tones.
The sea is very dark at the horizon, and all frothing waves near the beach. This hugely enhances the white cloud, and the white, breaking wave centre stage. A single pass of very dark green across the whole paper, covered by a pass of turquoise creates the distant sea – how easy! I love pastels.
The wave deserves some attention. Of course white foam is going to be unmissable, but I am asking you to look at the whole wave in the photo I am using as my source, and analyse its different parts.
That wave runs across the picture, a single wave but at different stages of breaking. on the left there is a welter of water being drawn into the body of the wave, then some tentative breaking followed by the real thing. Then we have the unbroken water rearing itself up, and smaller, more grey than white foam. Even at this size you can see how the rearing part is darker at the top, and that darkness follows the foam down at an angle and runs along the front of the advancing white water. What else can you see?
This wave, and the white cloud are the stars of the show, much more important than the rocks in the foreground, though we can have fun with them next week.