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.

Beach Scene (1)

5″ x 7″ oil

Today begins my adventure with painting beach scenes. I have always tended toward realism with painting but it is time to challenge myself as an artist to work quickly, not worrying about every detail but to achieve what I hope will be an impression of the scene that really draws the viewer into my work. Living relatively close to the beach all my life, I find it interesting that I have never spent any real time painting the ocean, beach or harbor but now is the time to stretch and be challenged in this area and I hope to get a lot better at it!