Gina’s Beach

This year I accepted a commission to paint a place beloved by a lovely lady.  Her husband brought me photos of this place, their family at this place and their bicycle, in this place.

Months passed as I sketched, conferred,  and designed this piece. It was 30″ x 40″.

in the beginning...
in the beginning…

So here we go with the ground to build the painting on.

The beach is roughed in.
The beach is roughed in.

I am enjoying the light in the white oil paint.

Adding the life guard chairs and the hotel in the background.
Adding the life guard chairs and the hotel in the background.
Looks like some people on this beach.
Looks like some people on this beach.

The family is appearing on the canvas as they take in a day at the beach.

Now the feline friends.
Now the feline friends.

How to present the cat that is living and a representation of the ones who are not?

Hmmm.
Hmmm.

The family pets who have passed away are hidden in the clouds. The water takes on more color. The blue walkway and grasses move in as the kitty in the foreground takes shape.

The family is painted in on their blanket and on the skim boards.
The family is painted in on their blanket and on the skim boards.

The photos for this painting were taken around 20 plus years ago so this is a compilation of memories and images. The pink bicycle has moved to the other side of the canvas.

The hotel has taken on color and landscaping.
The hotel has taken on color and landscaping.

This was a wonderful experience. We printed note cards so there would be a way to share the image.

Thank you dear friends for this opportunity.