"Child at Play"
Work in progress
18 x 24
Oil on canvas
The ocean and beach is one of my favorite places to go and to paint. The light on a clear summer day with the big expansive views allow a painter so many subjects to choose from, not to mention all the figures. The figures bathed in light and often at rest are perfect models. I also love drawing and painting my own family at the beach. These have been really rewarding as many include my wife and children as models. The beach is a great place to draw as you don't really stick out as you are drawing. The views from sitting down in a chair can be interesting rather than standing. Also, all the figures over a great distance are fascinating to me as they appear in different sizes as the perspective moves back into the horizon.
I started the below painting by covering canvas in a warm color. Vermillion thinned down works nicely. Below is the almost finished painting where you can see I added my son to the composition as I wanted another figure in the foreground. Painting at the beach also allows me to place objects like chairs and umbrellas in the painting from drawings to balance the painting with color and form that works for the composition of the painting.
I really enjoyed seeing some of the photographs of people at the beach by Vivian Maier recently. The figure against the ocean as a back drop creates a great tension. The flexing of mussels against the movement of the ocean is beautiful. Another artist who I admire and enjoy their figure paintings is Wayne Thiebaud. playfulness of Wayne Thiebauds' beach figures capture some of that fun and color that I associate with the beach. Wayne is 94 years old born in 1920!
Here is finished work 24 x 36 inches, oil on canvas."Day in July"
On view at Cavalier Gallery on Nantucket Island.
I really love painting a group of people gathered together. There are few reasons that a group of people get half undressed and pose for free for a painter other than to sit by the ocean.