The mood and colors of the sea change drastically and often, so you never know which sea you will find.
Some days it is hot and hazy, or choppy or calm as a lake. The color may be blue, green, turquoise or maybe muddy. When a storm moves in, everything changes quickly.
The mood of my seascapes also change. Some of them are full of texture and color, some not so much. This one was quite a challenge for me, I just couldn't mix the colors I wanted or make my brush behave. It took a few tries, but eventually I created a painting I was happy with.
Shelley Smart documents the day to day activities at the beach on her great blog "A Year at the Beach". She is a fantastic artist and photographer and was nice enough to share some of her photography with me. So, I painted this little seascape from her reference.
How could I turn down a scene like this! I still didn't have it out of my blood, so I decided to try a little acrylic abstract based on the same reference.
I have been spending so much time in the Blue Ridge Mountains, my trips to the beaches have suffered. Time to roll out of bed before the sun, grapb a cup of coffee and go for a short drive to the sea.
Just as I arrive, the sun starts it's slow climb above the horizon. I have forgotten how peaceful and beautiful it is on the beach at this time of day. Way down the beach, I can see a fisherman, but other than him we are alone with the birds who are looking for breakfast.
It is so enjoyable here, cool, serene.....I feel refreshed and ready to start my day.
Do you have a happy place too?
This painting was commissioned by a client who saw a similar work on the Etsy site. The piece she wanted was already sold. I was happy to do a similar painting in the size she desired.
Today's painting on sale brings back some not so pleasant memories.
My husband and I were walking the beach on afternoon, when suddenly the sky was filled with black clouds. The beach is not the place to be when a storm comes in so we quickly returned to our car.......but not before I took a quick photo. There was just a streak of light on the horizon as the black clouds closed in.
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My reference photo was taken a few years ago on a trip to California with my daughter and granddaughter. We were in San Francisco most of the trip, but one afternoon we drove south to Half Moon Bay.
For us east coasters, the Pacific was an untamed beast, quite different from our usually gentle Atlantic. Just that fact that we were peering down from a cliff and that the brave souls who ventured to the beach were all ON THE SHORE was foreign. Not that we do not have sunbathers on the shore, but there are ALWAYS bathers or surfers in the water, even on the coldest of days.
I decided to use a palette knife on this scene to help capture the power and texture.