At least once a week, my husband and I walk on one of the many. many beaches which are close to our home. I have been taking photos of the sun, water and trees of the beaches, but also close up photos of the rocks, shells and sands which make up each different beach. My son and his family visited us over the holidays, and when we were beach walking, my grandsons, son and daughter-in-law all helped me pick up some unique and colorful rocks to paint. Many of them are very smooth as they have been tumbled and tossed by the ocean. Many have seams or are pitted with color. Each is unique and beautiful.
My first painting of 2014 is a test piece of some of those rocks and sand which we gathered. It is also the beginning of a new series that I will be doing in various sizes, and perhaps in various mediums. For now, I am going to proceed in watercolor, which is what this little piece is. I am really pleased with this first one, and can hardly wait to begin a larger piece with more of the rocks we gathered. Perhaps I will also add in some of the shells I now have in a container in my studio, waiting to be painted.
I wish each one of you a happy, creative and healthy 2014. I look forward to sharing new work and some painting techniques and tips with you throughout this year.
|7.5" x 10" watercolor|