How often do I finish a painting and then “check off the box.” Been there and done that! But what happens if I do it again?
Recently I posted a painting of my niece and my daughter at the beach. My niece, Annie, wanted to see the evolution of the picture, so I have hunted up all my references.
It started out with a day at the beach with my sister and some of our children. We were both living in Florida at the time, but in different cities, and met at a beach about half-way between our homes. I took many photos that day, but the image that stayed in my mind was of our daughters running into the waves.
I wanted to paint the scene, but wasn’t sure how to go about it. (This was before I started studying with Gwen Bragg). I decided that the photo had too much information for me, so I did a pencil drawing, which gave me shapes and values without the distraction of colors.
And here is the painting:
Several years later, while studying with Gwen Bragg, we had a lesson on painting waves at the beach. We had already done a lesson on painting people, so I decided to do this picture again. I am glad that I had the discipline and patience to revisit this picture, as the character of the waves and the sky now help to highlight the movement of the figures.