Based on a 6x6 plein air study of the boats at Sunday Park (Swift Creek Reservoir, Midlothian, VA) on an overcast spring morning.
All the blues were crowded together on one side of the piece and all the whites stuck to the other side. It was a challenge to make the painting "work" with the colors of my objects (i.e. the boats & building), but a challenge definitely worth taking.
I thought this piece might be appropriate to post with the upcoming holiday weekend. I know many families spend Memorial Day weekend at the beach or at the pool. With this painting I sought to capture a sense of recreation and relaxation that comes with a vacation to the beach -- a red bicycle and a yellow surfboard parked in the shade during the heat of a summer day at the beach.
This was definitely a fun one to paint.
It was one of the pieces that sold during the May art show "Pathways" with Carter Stuart at For Art's Sake Gallery. The paintings will be on display through the first Monday in June.
Often a small work turns into a larger, more "completed"& detailed piece. The small piece requires a little less investment -- of time and materials. If it flops I feel like it's no big deal. If it turns out well the study helps me know how to approach painting a larger work. I'll know how to mix the colors, what things to emphasize or tweak in the larger piece. There is usually one or two drawings as well as small paintings behind each larger work.
Here's an example of a 6x6" study that turned into a 24x24"piece.
Stay tuned for the step-by-step photos of these pieces later in the week.