This month I decided to work on a larger painting that would also correspond with a WWG prompt, and I was guided by my love of the beach. Since my beach tutorial book was still out from painting the hermit crab, I zeroed in on these shells.
This painting has several layers for the background in order to build up the variations in color. I didn’t follow the instructions totally because I never have the exact colors as specified, and actually I thought it suggested too many colors anyhow. That does nothing but confuse me, so I ended up using only five colors in the painting and mixing my own variations as necessary. Hopefully this painting helps transport your thoughts to a warm, tropical place on this cold February day.
When we go to the beach as a family, our goal is to relax and reconnect. A favorite activity is simply walking along the beach, observing and exploring, looking mostly for sharks teeth and any novelties that wash ashore.
A few years ago I spotted a bright orange color in the surf at low tide, just as the tide was starting to creep up. I figured what I saw was probably a washed away beach toy but wanted to see for sure. The orange object was covered by the quickly rising tide a couple of times, but I was able to keep track of it under the waves because of the bright color. Reaching for a third time I finally had this great Lion’s Paw scallop shell in my grip. It was such fun to paint, too, because of its unusual color.
Lion’s Paw Scallop Shell in watercolor
Over the next few weeks I will share paintings of other beachy goodness as I participate in the #naturedoodlewash adventure. Again, thanks to Charlie for hosting the event.
Hope you all have a terrific weekend!