Adding beach bodies to my paintings

Painting figures on the beachI’m proud of the progress I’ve made since starting to paint the beach on January 1st. I feel as if I’m finally capturing the movement of the waves. But something has been missing. Around here on a beautiful summer day the beaches are packed with people. Sometimes we struggle to find a good spot down by the water.

So, I’ve been collecting my photos that include people and trying to incorporate them into my paintings. Last night I did some loose brush sketches. Painting figures in my sketchbook

Today, I worked on refining the water in a painting where I had penciled in several people. Then I erased the pencil lines and using a watercolor pencil drew in the figures so I knew where to add paint. Figures don’t come easy to me and I have to work at a figure to get it right. Watercolor pencils are great because it’s easy to “erase” your lines by wetting them. You can mix the lines into the other colors or absorb them onto your brush.

I’m hoping if I focus on beach bodies for a while, I’ll see progress, like I’ve seen with my waves.

Here’s my favorite wave painting so far. Painting waves in watercolor

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8 thoughts on “Adding beach bodies to my paintings

  1. I never thought about that before, using a watercolor pencil for the drawing, ingenious! I will have to try that out. I’ll have to check out your other posts about painting the ocean and waves. I have been into that lately. 🙂

      1. I just wanted to thank you again for suggesting using a watercolor pencil. I bought a medium blue and it works like a charm! I always use blue somewhere and it is dark enough to be seen and then gets integrated in the painting anyway, exactly what you said. I forgot to mention it in my latest post but I will in my next one. I will give you the credit for giving me the brilliant idea! 😉

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