She sent me a few photos of her children on a beautiful beach in Destin, Florida where her family has vacationed for 37 years. She wanted them shown from behind sitting in the sand and looking out at the water.
I will change the position of the boy on the left a bit. Otherwise, I'll use this composition.
Read on to see how I paint this scene. Or click here to skip to the finished watercolor.
First I paint the sky, then I wash in blues and turquoise colors for the water leaving the surf white. I love using cobalt turquoise hue for painting tropical ocean scenes.
Next I paint the boy sitting on the left. I will add more details to his shirt when I work on the other children.
Then I paint the sand. The sand is so white, I have to use a very pale wash of color. But it is not perfectly smooth, so I paint shadows to show the uneven surface.
Below I have painted the folds of the baby's dress. You can click the images to see them larger:
Once 've finished painting the blond-haired baby (doesn't she look like a little princess?), I begin the boy on the right. His hair is lighter than his brother's. His skin is paler as well, so I will need to use a pinker color.
Once the second boy is completed and I've made all adjustments, I deepen the color of the ocean to make the children stand out:
Below is a close-up of the three children. Won't this make a perfect Christmas gift for their dad?
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