After a week of rousting through my references photos and making notes on all possible subject matter for a series I am starting on Beach Scenes, I finally gave in and picked up a paint brush.
|Team red white and blue taking a break|
My first attempt was to paint a set of Red White an Blue beach-riders I had seen resting against a beach fence last week. The subject excited me, but the execution was painful. Even after drawing the bicycles a dozen times in my sketch book, the painted rendering looked off- kilter to me.... I wiped down the canvas and repainting the scene twice before I felt it was okay. Even, so, I may still elect to edit portions before I put a coat of varnish on it.
As usual , the second painting went a lot more quickly, and with far less grief than the first. I love the way the colors gave the sense of how warm it was on the beach that day...