Ault Beach Pointillism Process

Here is a painting I created of a beach scene, using my pointillism technique. Before I started I did a watercolour painting and a little sketch in acrylic paint.

Here is the photo I started with. I took this photo in 2017  during an unusually warm start to the fall season, and instead of bright oranges and yellows, the trees were dull green and brown colours.

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Autumnal Beach, 2017

Here is the sketch I used for my painting. I changed this one quite a lot as I worked on it, by removing the island which I thought looked artificial, even though it was in my photo.

Ault Beach Pointillism Drawing


The picture below is the watercolour version I created before the main painting. I added a lot of colours  and used my water brushes on the trees.

Ault Beach Watercolour


Here is the rough Acrylic sketch. I used a lot of the same pigments in this that I would use in the final painting.


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Ault Beach, Acrylic, Quick Sketch



This is the first version of the painting. I started blocking in my colours with dots and covered a lot of area. This photo was taken at 4.5 hours into the painting process.

Ault Beach Fall, Version 1


Here is the second version of the painting, I added more browns and burnt sienna, and removed the island that  I thought was distracting and looked unnatural. I also added more blue and aqua colours to the water, and whites yellows and oranges to the beach. This photo was taken 9 hours into the painting.

Ault Beach Pointillism, Version 2


The image below is the third version of the painting. I added more reds to the bushes in the distance as well as dull greens and browns to the trees.

I also worked on the reflections and dark sand on the beach. This was taken after 14 hours working on the painting.


Ault Beach Pointillism, Version 3


Here is the 4th version of the painting. I found in this one, the colours went too dark, but I worked on the shadows in the trees and added more greys, blues and purples to the beach. This was taken 19 hours into the painting.

Ault Beach Pointillism, Version 4


Ault beach pointillism final
Ault Beach Pointillism Final

Here you can see the final version of the painting. It took a total of 21 hours and 5 months. In the final version you can see I added more red to the distant bushes and more colours to the sky. I also made the water a brighter blue and added my signature.


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