We didn't get a total solar eclipse here in Southern California last year. We did get a nice little crescent partial eclipse, though! I had big plans to go and take photos of the eclipse through the trees in a eucalyptus grove, but then I came down with a fever. I dragged myself off the couch, drove about 90 seconds to the beach, and watched it from the pier.
Ultimately, I decided to focus on the reflection of the light in the water during the peak of the eclipse. What I shot is below, and what I painted based on it is above.
I loved exploring a purple and yellow palette for this! For the first layer I mixed cobalt, ultramarine and pthalo blues with burnt and raw sienna. Then for the final layer I mixed those blues with cadmium red, permanent rose and some alizarin crimson, adding this and that here and there.
So, what do you think about a future scarf design?