Sunday, July 5, 2015

Painting at the Beach...

For so long I have wanted to try rendering a beach scene in pastel.
This week there was an opportunity to good to pass up.
My daughter Rachel, and granddaughters Lily and Gracie joined me
for a trip to the coast to get away from the hot weather in the valley.
Every day this week it has been 90 degrees or more.
It was in the upper 60's at the coast and quite windy, so Rachel and I were happy to have
the patio umbrella along to break the wind and give us some shade.

Rachel and the girls brought along some "word rocks" that they had painted.

They went on a walk to scatter them for others to come upon and find.
The rocks had messages on the backs that said "It's for you",
with information where they could go online and tell about their finds.

Lily and Gracie found some good places to scatter some 
in between these bricks on this retaining wall.

I watched from the distance while I continued to work on my painting.

When I arrived home I was excited to see this package waiting on my doorstep.

A set of Great American pastels that I had ordered only two days before had already arrived!
They came complete with a
  color chart for all the colors that are available.

These are going to be a perfect addition to my palette.
Especially with this new Heilman double sketchbook size box.

Breaking the new sticks in 1/3 and 2/3,
 I will have some of the new pastels in each palette.
 I have discovered that the smaller size pastels
for the smaller paintings work very well.

The new box fits nicely in my portable "Samsonite" studio,
with a litte space to spare.

I'm feeling very grateful today with completing a beach painting
and having new art supplies to keep on creating!

Here is my studio vision board for July...

Being grateful makes each day even more special!

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