This is 280x180mm on 85gm Arches Cold Pressed.
I had some time on the beach and was going to paint. Mikhail, owner of Son Surf was there coaching some of the young guys and and there were various parents standing around. Quite still I might add. For ages. The waves were really nice and the water was warm and I had surfed at lunch time so I thought I would leave the waves for the guys who were in. I had work to do but took along my watercolour kit while Ethan had a surf with his mates.
Anyway – I ended up chatting with with my friend Andy Pitt from Breach, for ages, which is always a good experience. And as I settled down to paint – everyone left except these two guys. The guy on the left was sifting sand through his hand. As we do on the beach. So I started painting and then Rian came over to see what I was doing. And then he offered to take up his position again. Nice hey? So I finished this off. As I was packing away the wind came up and filled everything with sand. A normal day on the beach. They were so friendly that I signed the painting and gave it to Rian. That is when they introduced themselves. He said he and his friend were talking about how gracious God has been to them. So it was all rather special.
It always feels so good to be painting again.
BTW I have been reading a friends postings about “making every stroke count“. check it out. Mara has set herself the task to get this right in Oils. Yesterday I had this on my mind as I started but then got caught up in the detail and drying paint and the colours and before I knew it it was done. Making every stroke count is a wonderfully difficult and valuable goal.