Wednesday, September 16, 2009

At the Moorings

Finished at last. This painting was inspired by a photo I took of my son playing in the sand at my parent's cottage on Lake Huron. I am happy with it. I learned a lot and I think what I learned will make the next painting even better. I struggled with the values in the sand versus the figure and trying to make the figure stand out from the sand. The boats just flowed from my brush - thank goodness - I needed something to keep me struggling on.  
My son had his tonsils / adnoids taken out and tubes put in his ears yesterday so I will be out of commission for a few days. He is being a trooper, but refuses to take the tylenol. I think I will be spending the day cuddling on the couch with him and watching retro teletoons.


  1. Hi Tammy,
    It is so fun to watch kids play at the beach. What a wonderful painting. And aren't you brave letting your little guy into your studio! It looks like a neat set-up.

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    Take care,

  2. What a wonderful painting to keep forever. I see how you solved the value problem by making the sand darker next to his back, and then with the shadow on the arms. I have been learning that lesson too. If something doesn't stand out, we can change it so that it does. I love your boats. All the best with your little guy.