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Blowing Sand...

March 25, 2016

I converse with gallery visitors about my art and I get questions about how I do the paintings plein air.  I talk about the challenges- brushes dropped in the dirt, bug land in the "clouds", blowing sand, sunburn.... Some days the "issues" can't be overcome so I revert to the sketch pad and take some very specific photographs.  The finished product comes out of the studio.


The beach at Wainee was deserted. I felt the warm breeze and fresh air and silence.  Waves made some noise, but the big crashing waves were in the distance. It was peaceful and refreshing. In the time I was there I saw maybe three people including a hand holding couple, walk by- yes, three people total. 

Bleached coral was washed up on the sand in great chunks, and the wind was blowing, ok not blowing- howling! Set up an easel?  No way.  I got low on a beach chair, nestled behind a bit of dune and sketched away from my lap. I took a few photos of footprints  left by the passersby, and headed home, a bit chilled after sitting still in the wind for so long. (Chilled in Maui, how could that be?- but it does happen.)


Back in the studio I set up, deciding on the size. I liked the size I sketched, and set to work to transform the blank canvas and drawing into the peaceful beach ( but windy..!) It took a few iterations with sand-shadow adjustments, but I think I caught the moment.

 The result captured in 11 x 14 size: "Wainee Beach on a Wednesday"


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