Saturday 8 July 2017

#202 West Witterings Beach 18x24cm

Yesterday we were out in West Witterings in Hampshire. It was sunny and the sea breeze was blowing. I burnt the backs of my knees (missed the sun cream here!) It really felt like summer and it was teaming with people.
I started one composition and it wasn't working so I looked around for another. I turned on the spot and found this one. Not the sort of thing I have tackled before and it was a challenge! 
So many shapes and colours and they're moving around. Simplify, I thought, I don't have to put everything in, just the bits I like and are important to the composition. The little Life Guard hut broke up the sky line and the windbreaker was a strong element in the foreground, and being so big needed to be right! 
The people I did very quickly just getting the essence of them, not too much detail. 
My paint and board was covered in sand - gritty mixing! 
I want to go back and do studies of this area and get used to this kind of subject, it was fun though :-)

1 comment:

  1. A clever composition epitomising the English beach scene. Quite difficult conditions although it reminded me of when the French impressionist artists went 'en plein air', their paintings often included the sand and grit from the beach, easily discernible.