"Day at the Beach"

This was an experiment that had nothing to do with a desire to paint children.

The challenge was one of composition, in balance, symmetry, and color.

I have stripped "props" and objects to their bare minimum. There are no patterns

in the clothing, no mature skin wrinkles or muscles, and no complicated background.

Below is the final painting

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The idea was to limit myself to the simplest of subjects. The first objective was to create

a pose for the two figures that allowed them to dynamically curve into each other.

The layout is actually a tilted hexagon, formed by the feet, dresses and heads.

The angle of the main subject's arm is repeated below in the outer legs of the girls.

The composition is obviously off-centered; vertical and slanting,

with curved lines, carefully designed to avoid large empty spaces in the arrangement.

The shadows in the stirred up sand at the bottom of the painting help to anchor the subjects.

Asymmetry abounds in the work. The spiral turning of the body on the girl

at the left complements the angled form at the right.

                                      

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The waves in the background are designed to fill empty space

and provide balance in the arrangement.

                        

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The faces of the girls contain about forty layers of paint.

I found it quite challenging to keep the accents to a minimum.

Below - Close-up of girl at right (main subject)

                               

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As soon as I would add a crease or bone structure,

the perceptible age of the subjects increased dramatically.

Below - Close-up of girl on left (secondary interest)

                   

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The painting was completed with palette knives as well as brushes.

This was one of my many experiments with warm and cool colors.

Below - Detail of painting to show the textures and colors

                         

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Day at the Beach

 

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