Beach Breakers I (watercolor 5 x 7) $25.00

One of the things I particularly enjoyed about the beach at Brookings is just how big and how close the waves break on the beach.  I’m used to looking for larger waves three or even six or seven waves out from the beach.  At Brookings the leading wave appears to be the largest crest.

Wave watching is always a very direct immediate feeling.   At Brooks that feeling is multiplied many times by the size of the leading waves.

I tried to catch the feeling of immediacy in photos, but I don’t think I managed it.  Here are my first little attempts at catching it in paint.  In both paintings I used my daughters as scale.  Beach Breakers I is my eldest and Beach Breakers II is my youngest.

I use the same technique for both paintings begining with mask and painting sand and water before removing the mask to paint the white water and figures.  For Beach Breakers One I used my usual beach palette: burnt sienna, raw sienna, cobalt blue and  phthalo blue.  For Beach Breakers II I added quinacridone red red rose for the figure.

Tomorrow I may try the waves in pastel.

Beach Breakers II (watercolor 5 x 7) $25.00

These paintings are currently for sale on-line at my Etsy shop.

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