Painting on little beach

little beach on site

little beach done

The edge of 'Little Beach' here in Port Stanley is where I set-up for this painting, just by a path that leads up to a cottage road. Painting just a horizon line is a bit boring so it's always best to have some interesting shapes, like plants etc. in the foreground to create contrast and interest.
Painting in progress...the sun moved around quite a bit while I was there. By the time the sketching part was done things had already changed. People came and went so I left them out as it was just the beach I really wanted to capture.
Here's a closeup of the finished painting. It has an almost tropical feel for a beach in Canada. The sumac trees add some nice lines, and I always love some good shadows. The shadows didn't show up in real life until I was close to the end, so they were the final part.
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