Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Transitioning from Sky to Sea - 50 Years of Our Flag

Thank you for your kind comments! I pondered the transitioning from sky below to the sea above in another corner of the painting.
The back lit cloud is darker in the middle and lighter around the edges. The cloud itself is shaped by strong winds from right to left and the stable layer at the top of the planetary boundary layer - the layer between the frictionally dominated air near the earth and the free atmosphere above. The cloud is shaped in "gravity waves" and torn by the strong southwesterly winds.
The sea is also shaped into "gravity waves" from the brisk onshore winds - a thermally driven sea breeze. White caps (and the flag on the shore) reveal that the winds are more than 20 knots.
I blended the bright edges of the back lit cloud from below into the white caps of the sea above. The colours of the sky were blended into the shades of the sea. The meteorology is consistent from bottom to top... both in terms of wind direction and the direction of the sun. I still need to apply more paint but you get the idea.
My intention is to make this painting a series of science lessons to augment the history lessons behind the Canadian Flag... I will include this information in the book I intend to publish on CSI - Creative Scene Investigation :>)

1 comment:

Aleta Karstad said...

Wow! Landscape Art & Science!