Mt. Baker Beach, Seattle, WA. 2014
As decorative as the reusable bag is, I decided to cut it out and move the scene over to include more of the water.
Playing with the image on tracing paper.
Never underestimate the power of tracing paper as an artistic tool. I had a lot of fun getting the image just right.
I used a grid to enlarge the image on to Bristol paper for the final drawing.
Two things. First, I left the shadow on the beach in this study. I decided to take it out of the larger painting (more lies!) because of the composition which was one decision I'm still not 100% sure of.
Second, I love how I used a Melissa and Doug pad as my surface to attach my painting to. My life with kids is everywhere in photos of my studio space. I now have a drawing board but I didn't at the time.
This was early on when I was trying the thin layers. The sky looked ok, it was the sand that came later that just really didn't work.
Also, photographic evidence of shovel-gate.
This was when I started to take a new approach on the painting.
Oil on Canvas.