August is a good time for painting seascapes – air conditioning for the mind – I can feel the cool water from the first stroke of my brush. With On Vacation, I also wanted to depict the transition between morning fog burning off and the arrival of stronger light pouring through a slightly overcast sky. It’s a gentle quality of light, with no harsh shadows. The warm sienna colors of the sand balance the cool blues, and reinforce the feeling of a glorious summer day. Details below. Enjoy!
Technical painting notes: I rolled a thin layer of burnt sienna oil paint at the bottom of the freshly primed panel, then used a mixture of mineral spirits and linseed oil to “disturb” it, creating streaks. A spritz of mineral spirits, blotted, created the droplet effect. Once dry, I painted the water over the sand and added highlights to reinforce the sand pattern (a mixture of white, raw sienna, and gold ochre).
Compositionally, I added a stiff breeze so that the salt water spray would connect visually with the fog burning off, and repeat the undulating shape of the cloud bank.
Beautiful work! Congratulations on your show in Boston which was featured in Art Collector.
Thank you for your kind words and encouragement when I post new paintings! It has been an exciting summer so far, with the potential for more good surprises to come.