9×12 original pastel on sanded paper, matted and framed, $235 plus shipping
Beach Boy is another painting in my beach series. Yes, it is winter, but painting beach scenes helps me deal with the fact that I am not on a beach. Painting has a way of teleporting the artist and perhaps the viewer. I found a new love of my life via this painting. I discovered a new pastel paper. In my book, anything artsy and from France is bound to be excellent. The paper I used is smooth to the touch but acts like it has a magnet. It holds and sucks in dry pastel like a sponge. It isn’t scratchy like other sanded papers and I was doing a jig painting this one. I felt like I could be myself and sport my own style. It is amazing how comfortable a piece of paper can make me feel. Last night I went to a group with a live model and I brought a substandard piece of paper. I fought the paper all night. Enjoy the beach, listen to the sound of the waves, and watch for more beach paintings from time to time.