I spent Saturday morning painting down at the beach. I thought it would be a good idea to take advantage of the nice weather and to work on my plein air skills. I enjoy painting the pier because it feels familiar to me.
I completed most of it on location and added a few finishing touches in the studio today.
When I got up yesterday morning the sun was shining. It seems like that hasn't happened for quite a while. It certainly effects how I feel and I know my wife and girls agree that it is nice to have the sun out when we wake up. To celebrate the sunshine and good weather, we went to the beach in the afternoon. I knew the sun would effect everything including the surf so I took the opportunity to paint and this was the outcome.
Yesterday I painted down at the beach. It was not the most beautiful weather we've had. In fact June gloom, as it's known here along the California coast, can be quite persistant to the point of having some days where we don't see the sun here at the beach. I was excited to paint at the beach because we are experiencing large waves along our south and west facing beaches. This can be a rare summertime event. Lifeguards are on alert and only the most brave and skilled surfers venture out. As a young man in my teens and early twenties I would spend hours in the water during these swells. As I was painting, the memories all came back and I could still feel the excitement I once felt. Although I doubt I will make it into the water during this event, I am perfectly content expressing that excitement with a paintbrush on canvas and remembering the good ol' days.
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