Tuesday, July 30, 2013
My beach is just down the road from my cottage. It is a friendly place with lots of kids and families. I exaggerated the umbrella in the foreground to create the focal point. I was tempted to put more figures into the painting but didn't want the 'where's Waldo' look. I will do it again and try that approach. On any weekend day there are many umbrellas, kids and swimmers. I am not a beach guy, but do go there with my sketch pad and gather material. I sketch in the cast shadow of a big beach umbrella.