Today started out cloudy and very windy. Knowing the sun would eventually come out I headed to the beach with my big paper. And while the sun came out after lunch, the wind never let up. I’ve never painted with so much sand on my paper and in my paint palette. More than once I just had to dump out my palette and start my color mixing from scratch. For those of you who have see my work from the beginning will recognize this life guard tower from the very first posting on this blog. But if Monet was able to sit around and paint the same cathedral facade over and over, why shouldn’t I sit on the beach and do the same thing? Besides, they have public restrooms at the beach. Here is a rough sketch I did as warm up:


Special Note: I’ve started a new page called Drawing Locations of Hong Kong. The link is on the right hand side of the home page. It contains almost all the locations I’ve been to so far and links to the drawings and paintings I did while there. Enjoy.


Life Guard Tower #1, Big Wave Bay
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2 thoughts on “Life Guard Tower #1, Big Wave Bay

  • January 17, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Love this! Both your drawing and painting are very well done. I admire your tenacity. Painting under such challenging conditions is very difficult and it seems more so when working with watercolor.

    • January 17, 2011 at 9:36 pm

      Thanks Linda- I don’t know that I’m tenacious so much as pig headed 😉
      But as a technical note: sand makes very little or no difference to the quality of the painting. I just wait till the water dries and the sand brushes right off. However, washing the sand out of my palette probably cost me half a tube paint.


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