February 5, 2011

Wave watching - New Oil Painting

The original reference for this painting had a couple of more people sitting in and around this umbrella talking. Lying down and talking casually. I did not want to make it too crowded because I wanted the umbrella in focus. I loved the colors it had and it made for such a cheerful picture. So instead of painting just the umbrella, I included only one figure too and liked the outcome.

Wave watching
Oil on Canvas, 8 by 8 inches
© Nithya Swaminathan

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What could one person sitting in this pose possibly be doing? She ain't reading a book or not even geting tanned. I thought about it and what immediately struck me was that she could just be relaxing and admiring the waves! I can do that for hours on end, just sit at the beach and look at the waves. Repeatedly lashing the shores, the noise of the seas, and so on. It has an inexplicably calming effect on me. That was and still is one of my absolute favorite things to do in Madras, my home. I drive to the beach and amidst hordes of people and hawkers all around, I can still sit there and keep looking at the waters and waves in complete awe. More so if it is a moonlit night. The irony of the painting though is that the beaches here do not really have such high tides as we did in India. Ha!

I hope you like it, let me know your feedback.


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