Now the Water is Blue!

On the Rocks
Watercolor on Rag Paper, 10×7.5″


A day or two passes and the water is blue! Go figure! The conditions changed just slightly enough to produce a steely, blue-gray color on the water. The wind changed to a breeze and shifted slightly to the west. That, along with brilliant sunshine, changed everything.

This is the edge of a boat launch with a large parking lot. It was July 4 and the launch was very busy.  My friend and I slipped off onto a very rocky beach. But for the big breakwater rocks, most were the size of a typical russet potato. From this view no one would ever guess that a mass of people with cars and pick-ups hitched to boat trailers were actively putting boats into and taking boats out of the water all afternoon.

Rocks are a challenge to paint. I like to have them in front of me just to get a feel for what they are like. These are not exactly what was in front of me. This my sense of them. After all, none of us are recording devices and I am not out to make rock portraits. I wanted to express the jumbled quality and some of the textures. I also liked the arc formed by the rocks as it receded away from me. I am pretty pleased with this result. It was painted on a beautiful day, too.

July 12, 2013