Beach Scenes 10 & 11

8 x 10 oil

Painting plein air at Sycamore Cove Beach. Painting in the sand with people around is a challenge, especially since I am so new to plein air painting, but I enjoyed the experience and look forward to many more times to paint this way. The first scene, below, seemed rather stiff to me so I painted the same scene a second time with mainly a palette knife and a bit of brush work. Between realism and impressionism, I seem to have two extremes of styles but as I continue painting and grow as an artist, I hope to have one distinct style of my own emerge.

Point Dume, Malibu

Beach Scene (5)    5″ x 7″ oil 

It was a beautiful day to paint at the beach today. I was hoping to paint the point but as oftentimes happens in this area, film crews were here and blocked off that area so I found contentment painting the ocean instead.

Beginning stages of beach Scene (4) 

8″ x 10″ oil on canvas board

I decided to work a bit larger in order to give the focal point of this beach scene more room for detail. I have also included a photo of Gunther the French Bulldog drinking and playing in Cooper and Luna’s water bowl. My paintings are definitely taking longer with all the distractions but he is pretty darn cute!

Beach Scene (3)

5″ x 7″ oil on canvas board

My two Boxers along with an 11 week old French Bulldog make for painting in an environment that has constant distractions, but at least these small paintings are only meant for practicing speed and not too much detail!

Here are a few pics of these sweet distractions….