This is number six in a series of beach paintings. To learn more about the series click here or check out my blog post for April 10, 2019.
This slice of life depicts a mom staking out her territory at the beach. Setting up the lounge chairs while her son waits patiently to go play in the sea. The main action is focused on the middle part of the painting with the overlapping umbrellas and tents. I have deliberately simplified the sky and the foreground to direct focus to the main part of the painting.
Step 1. After doing a number of sketches, I selected a canvas 24 x 36, and primed it with an orange/red color. Then I sketched the scene on the canvas with a dark neutral color.
Step 2. I painted in the sky and some of the background sea. Usually I begin with the largest areas, like sky or background, top to bottom.
Step 3. Here you can see I’ve added much of the sea and the foreground.
Step 4. Then it’s a matter of adding color and attending to details.