The colors of this boat set against the colors of the sand and ocean really attracted me to this scene. The reflection was an added bonus. Those of you who have done plein air paintings of boats, or water, know that reflections come and go and change quite often.
"The Constance Sea", 8" x 10" oil on linen, Frank Gardner © 2008
The toned canvas was a wipe out from the day before. It worked perfectly in this painting since it was pretty much the color of the sand.
This boat, "The Constance Sea", is in Chatham, Ma.
After painting the "Little Dinghy" I turned around in the same spot. I even got to keep my bare feet in the same cool hole that I had dug them into for the other piece. Painting on the beach is great. The sun had dropped quite a bit and the light was just right.