Monday, June 14, 2010

Summer Bay

I have a lot of 300 lb. cold press watercolor paper, so I've cut some up into ATC sizes to use for my little paintings. In this case I think the light texture really works to create the subtly sparkling water. I spent one summer living on the Gulf of Mexico, in Pensacola, Florida, when I was in my early 20s. Every day I'd don my swimwear and drive out to a softly sloping beach like this one, and play in the gentle waves all day until the daily thunderstorm rolled in. It was a delightful time in my life--sun, sand, snorkeling, boiled crab fresh from the traps(supplied with our apartment, of course.) This painting was done from a photograph in the Reference Image Library at Wet Canvas and is part of the monthly landscape challenge there.

Anybody want to go swimming?