January 21, 2011

A walk on the beach - New Beach painting in Oils

This is one of my favorites from the beach/lake/summer observations series. I landed on this particular crop by accident. I started sketching the full figures of these two young ladies on an 18 by 24 cm panel, and then just zoomed in to look at some detail. And voila! It just struck me that I could just go in with the feet and ditch the faces. I was completely excited by the idea, but wanted to do it bigger. So picked up this 10 by 12 inch canvas and went ahead.

Oil on gallery wrapped canvas, 10 by 12 inches
© Nithya Swaminathan

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This was a great lesson in value studies, as reflections generally are. I almost heard my painting teacher telling me from several years ago, that a reflection is always darker than the original. :) LOL! I was also doing waves after god knows how long. Figured out that they were still as challenging as the last time I painted them.

The painting is very different from the others that I have done in the series, in that the colors are very subdued. I have not gone in for intense color at all. And more than the technical aspects of the painting, I like the mood. Two anonymous women, best friends, sisters, whatever! I hope you like it. :) Let me know your feedback.


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