I was delighted to be contacted by someone who found my work on this blog and asked for a larger painting of the beach. I'll share how I painted this watercolor below:
I have left some light areas for clouds. While the paper is still wet, I add cloud shadows in a lavender color.
The color of the water becomes a warmer blue tone as it is closer to shore. I leave white to show surf crashing in.
I add a darker tone at the bottom to give the painting a base or as some call it a "threshold" that the eye visually steps over into the lighter areas beyond.
To paint these, I use a pointed round brush to quickly flick grass onto the paper. When the far tops are painted, I'll add more green grasses in front of them.
I have carefully painted around the snow fence. With watercolor, light areas need to be masked or painted around. Since watercolor is transparent, there is no way to paint a lighter value over a darker one. I prefer to paint around objects rather than use a masking technique.
I wet each rock first and then add red, blue and yellow mixtures and let them flow together to make a rock-like texture.
Next I'll paint the snow fencing and the cast shadows.
Here I paint the shadow from the fence on the right of the walkway. It is on a slight rise, so the shadow will slant down to show that.
The right foreground still needs to be painted. I have left the area for some rugosa roses.
These roses will typically grow in the dunes and along pathways to the beach.
Now the painting is complete and you can see it below. Click on the image to see it larger.
"East Beach, Rhode Island" is a soft, dreamy painting. The pathway draws your eyes beyond the foreground to the ocean. Perhaps you will dip your toes in the water, jump in for a swim or take a walk on the firm wet sand along the edge of the surf.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed the demonstration. The print of East Beach is available in my Etsy shop here East Beach fine art print.