Audrey loves exploring tide pools when we go to the beach. The water is usually not quite as cold, and there’s lots of things to explore. I’ve always love being at the beach, so it’s great to see my kids developing a love of the ocean and beach. I also wanted paint this scene because of the grace in her pose. When I take photos of the kids I try to catch them in the middle of an activity. Once in a while I end up with an image where they have a great gesture. The challenge in painting is figuring out what makes that gesture work.
It’s strange seeing these paintings on the computer screen where they show up as the same size. In reality, the sketch is about 8×8″, and the finished painting is 36×36″. But I think it’s fun to be able to share the sketch that inspired, and helped plan the larger piece.
All of these paintings will be on display at Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland, ME for the month of July, with an opening reception on Friday, July 1 from 5-8pm.