Thursday, July 6, 2017

Beach Day's End

Beach Day's End, 18 x 24, oil on canvas, L. Daniel © 2017
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As I was considering the final touches on this painting, I couldn't escape an urge to add some life to the scene. In order to capture the depth of the beach and the height of the sky, I needed a human reference for scale. Below is a shot without the people, just so you can see the before and after. I was hesitant - I wasn't going for a figurative painting, and what if I screwed it all up? But the painting kept demanding something more so I went for it. I am glad I did... Those people added just the right dynamic, focus, and most of all, that missing sense of scale. It's good to respond to inner nudges, even if there is a little fear involved. Nothing ventured, nothing gained!

BEFORE

AFTER
Just a little bit of human reference shows how deep and wide the beach is.

4 comments:

Sharon L. Graves said...

you're so right. The people made the painting. Isn't that funny!

Laurel Daniel said...

Thank you Sharon! I'm glad you agree! :)

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