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The Kookiest (#017)

The Kookiest


Everyone when they are just starting out is a kook. I’m pretty sure I was the kookiest of the bunch. Imagine a man in his late 20’s early 30’s, struggling to catch and ride waves on the biggest, but ass ugliest yellow soft top you’ve ever seen. I would be frothing over ankle slappers… I’m sure I looked ridiculous. I knew it at the time too, but I didn’t care how I looked. I was going to learn to surf, and surf well. I think in order to try something new and actually have a chance at being good at it, you have to silence the voice in your head that tells you that you look stupid, and everyone is laughing at you. When you worry about looking like a kook is usually what ultimately makes you one… because that voice is stopping you from committing. And surfing is all about commitment.

Mood is a wonderful thing… I mean when you are painting, using heavy mood reduces the number of colors you need to work with and makes the coloring go faster. Plus it looks pretty durn cool. I think the key to doing great colors is to reduce your color scheme as much as possible. If I could get away with it, I would use only 3 colors. Two for tone(usually complimentary colors of some kind) and a third color as an accent that can help draw the viewers attention to subjects. Unfortunately doing that every time is pretty difficult. So many variables to consider… like time of day, or how much stuff you have going on in an image. This page is one of the lucky ones. Basically using orange and blue as a base, some nice emerald green for the ocean where the sun might hit it, and some yellow that is pretty close to white… that’s still technically 4 colors… but it only took about an hour to paint.

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