This painting is number seven in the Intimate Spaces Series. It is titled Settling In which is where the beach-goers begin to stake out their territories. In this case, the woman in red is being helped by the beach attendant.
I was attracted to the complexity of the chairs and umbrellas, to the figures and the contrast with the brilliant blue sky.
As you can see in the detail photo, I have painted the wet sand in a very abstract manner. It is important to not be concerned about trying to depict every little detail, but to let the viewer’s eyes fill in the details. The entire painting is a study in contrasts, between details and abstracts, light and dark, near and far.