TRAVEL WITH MY ART #9: MALA STINIVA BAY AGAIN!

Hello and welcome to ninth edition of TRAVEL WITH MY ART series. Guess what! Today we will (re) visit a destination I have already illustrated: bay Mala Stiniva on island Hvar. Can you blame me for wanting to paint this magnificent bay again? I don't think you can. This little bay is so inspiring that I might paint it all over again. I mean there are many beautiful bays and beaches on island Hvar, but this one truly took my breath away. Something about the blueness of the sea water against the whiteness of cliffs really took my breath away. Those high cliffs almost look like they were carved by human hand. A cousin of mine told me that the views are even more magnificent when you sail into this little bay. I can only imagine how it must feel to sail into Mala Stiniva bay by a boat or a yacht. We didn't sail into it, rather we used our feet but we were mesmerized all the same. Scroll down to see and read more.

 I will never forget the first time I had visited bay Mala Stiniva. My second visit was even more memorable. If you recall I blogged about my first visit here and about my second visit here and here. What makes bay Mala Stiniva so fascinating? The beautiful cliffs that surround the bay completed by the gorgeous green of the pine trees do create a special kind of energy. The play of light in this bay is simply gorgeous. A dream place for a painter!

My grandmother has never had the chance to visit this bay, despite being from island Hvar and living there all of her life. She was happy when we showed her the photographs (last year). There are so many bays on island Hvar that is hard to visit them all. However, during the previous year when I lived on island Hvar with my husband, we did our best to see as many as possible. Indeed, we have managed to see a lot of bays. I plan to put together a post with most beautiful bays on island Hvar some time in the future.  In the meantime, here is a link to - ONE YEAR LIVING IN JELSA ON ISLAND HVAR if you want to read about my experience of living on island Hvar. Now, let's return to the subject of this painting. I painted this one using acrylic paints in one of my sketchbooks and not a fancy one either. The brand of paints is royal talens because that's what my art dealer is selling right now. 



THE MAKING OF MALA STINIVA ACRYLIC PAINTING ON PAPER
The making of this painting was actually quite simple. I painted the first layer of paint quickly with some left over paint. I forgot that initial version and it stayed in my sketchbook for quite some time until I decided to return to it. Once I returned to my painting of Mala Stiniva, I started adding more and more paint, trying to get all the colours right. The next thing I did was to focus on the details. I'm particularly happy with how the rocks turned out. The rocks are an obsession of mine, I always feel like I haven't done them justice. Water is another tricky subject, but I think I managed just fine. The particular scene I selected for this illustration is (in my view) very peaceful. The emphasis is on the play of light in the water. The sunlight touching the stones in the distance is marked with lighter shades. All in all, it is a painting where light and shadow plays a big part in depicting the landscape accurately. While this painting isn't as detailed as many of my seaside painting, there was still a number of details that I worked on. I don't know how many hours I have spend on this painting, probably around ten in total. I payed attention to the colours and the shades a lot. So, even if it wasn't a realistic painting, I still tried to capture the feel of the place. 

 THE  FIRST LAYER OF PAINT VS. THE FINISHED PAINTING


As I explained in my other posts, I have started this series to enable my readers to see places through my 'artistic' eye. So far, I have illustrated mostly places I have visited, but I plan to illustrate also those that I haven't. I'm looking forward to continuing travelling virtually with the help of my art. If you want a material reminder of this post, you can buy  any of the products with this print made available in my redbubble shop. 

ALL THE TRAVEL WITH MY ART POSTS SO FAR

#1 PALERMO ISLAND SICILY (ITALY)

#2 BAY MALA STINIVA, ISLAND HVAR (CROATIA)

#3 IRKUTSK, SIBERIA (RUSSIA)

#4  MATEJUŠKA, SPLIT CITY (CROATIA)

#5 HVAR CITY, ISLAND HVAR (CROATIA)

#6 ZENTA MARINE, SPLIT CITY (CROATIA)

#7 ZAVALA, ISLAND HVAR (CROATIA)

#8 SUCURAJ, ISLAND HVAR (CROATIA)






There are many beautiful bays on island Hvar: 






As always, thank you so much for reading and visiting. Have a lovely day!


Comments

  1. Wonderful Capture Of The Hubby - Gorgeous Water And So Clear - Another Dimensional Painting There - Life Is Great And Its Good To Be Us - Stay Creative

    Cheers

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hermoso lugar me gustaron mucho tu cuadro . Te mando un beso

    ReplyDelete
  3. Gorgeous pictures, the water and the cliffs are such a beautiful combination. I love your painting too. It's fascinating to see how much it changes from a step to another. Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful photos. xx

    ReplyDelete
  4. It's such a lovely place and you captured it well in your painting! you can really see the light on the water! Beautiful! :)

    Hope that you are having a nice week :)

    Away From The Blue

    ReplyDelete
  5. Zawsze masz pięknie zdjęcia i obrazy.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Great post dear!Photos are amazing !  

    ReplyDelete
  7. I wish I was at that beautiful bay right now, it's utterly gorgeous! Lovely photos and sensational artwork. xxx

    ReplyDelete
  8. Mala Stiniva bay is stunning indeed and I can quite understand why you were mesmerized by it. You captured the gorgeous blue water and white cliffs perfectly. I do wish I could transport myself to this wonderful bay, if only for a short while, and bask in the sunshine. xxx

    ReplyDelete
  9. Beautiful post! Love the texture and time you put in to painting water. Lovely!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Hi
    Wow your art is more and more refined Ivana !! I remember your posts from when you lived last year on the island of Hvar and I remember the beautiful bays you showed us. I'm looking forward to seeing your next painting! Maybe it's a virtual trip, I'm curious !!
    xoxo

    marisasclosetblog.com

    ReplyDelete
  11. Mala Stiniva Bay is indeed magnificent. It looks so scenic and placid both in your photos as well as in your lovely painting. If I had such a beautiful place close by I would surely visit as much as I can.

    ReplyDelete
  12. The light is luminous and you've captured the water again SO WELL, Ivana. Nice to see your husband! It's okay, we don't bite!

    ReplyDelete

Post a comment

All your comments mean a lot to me, even the criticism. Naravno da mi puno znači što ste uzeli vrijeme da nešto napišete, pa makar to bila i kritika. Per me le vostre parole sono sempre preziose anche quando si tratta di critiche.

Popular posts from this blog

RETURN FROM THE STARS, A NOVEL BY STANISLAW LEM

BOOK REVIEW, IL PIACERE (PLEASURE), A NOVEL BY GABRIELE D'ANNUZIO

Fashion illustration of the day (olive flared jeans: green trend report)

Sights to see, Places to visit ( +outfitpost) / Znamenitosti za vidjeti, Mjesta za posjetiti (+odjevna objava)