The big constant, the outside borders tie them all together and will carry the eye up the staircase to infinity, or at least to the top landing. The other constant is the colour red, you can have nautical without out it. Unfortunately, in this one, there is less red with only the buoy marker but I’ll try to shade it so it pops and steals the show even with all the fabulous ocean action going on around it.
I was always a bit disappointed that I couldn’t show they entire buoy, that the top was chopped at the neck as if it committed some crime. I only have five inches of height to work with, I tried several sizes for proportion and this is the one that worked so the top had to be sacrificed. I kept obsessing about it and wondered if I could come up with a way to have it all, so I put my thinking cap on and came up with a solution. This riser will be one of two to complete a full scene. The bottom half will show the stormy sea and the top half will show the wind whipping the waves in to a frenzy. The red buoy can now show complete and be split between the two. The God of Wind will be blowing with all his might, causing the waves to heave and the buoy to tilt. As with the scrolling waves, the wind will also show movement across the sky and the palette will be a blend of medium to light wools to create the effect. The sky has to have enough pigment to frame and show contrast with the God of Wind who will be regaled in whites, greys and possibly flesh tones. I’ll see how this combo works and make changes if need be. I’m sure I’ll be hooking and pulling a bit out until he fills that quadrant with his majesty.
Of course the sky will have similar tones of the water but several shades lighter and graduate darker closer to the top. I extended the buoy with an extra section as some are taller and this one needed a bit more prominence to allow more use of my precious, nautical red. If I can work some red into The God of Wind I will. Perhaps his puffed cheeks could have a bit of colour, after all, creating a raging storm ought to take a bit of breath and energy and put a little colour in ones face!
I’m making it all up as I go along. There are 25 rough sketches of ideas that I keep adding too but I am a woman with that special prerogative so who knows. I hope to offer a good selection to sell but I only need to hook 15 of them for the studio. I’m not sure I’ll do more scenes that need two, but who knows where this riser story will end. It’s all in my head and my hands.