Saturday, March 12, 2011

Dogs at the Beach Painting (WIP)

"Little Darling, It's been a long, cold, lonely winter. Little darling, it seems like years since it's been here. "

Here comes the Sun.

I think I am beginning to emerge from hibernation. The sun was out most of today. Long enough at least to dash out to my lair and snap a few pictures.

I have been painting, although sporadically over this nasty winter. Painting sun-drenched beach scenes refresh the soul in February.

I posted this on Facebook a few weeks back. I got a good response even though it was a terrible photo. I could not find a card reader and had to crop it through whatever default photo editing software that happens to have come with my laptop. I cleaned up the painting a bit, re-shot and cropped it on hubby's computer. I think you can get the gist of it. I have another "woodland" landscape that I may post soon. The sun was glaring too much today.

Why do I love back lit scenes so? They intrigue me for some reason but are a bear to paint. I kept going over the dogs, trying to get some detail even though I couldn't see much from my original photo.

Anyway, I have been painting a bit. I need to paint more.


Janelle Goodwin said...

This painting is fantastic, Neetzy! I love the spirit of the dogs playing in the water. And you nailed those beautiful waves. Bravo!

Susan Roux said...

You captured a lovely energy. I wouldn't touch the dogs anymore! The colors in your water are so inviting. Well done.

dive said...

Hot damn, that's good, Neetzy! Just looking at it makes me feel as summery as old Beach Boys records.
Thank you for driving the freezing rain away.

neetzy said...


Thanks so much!

Susan, Thanks for visiting! The dogs still don't look right to me but the more I fuss with them, the worse they look. Thanks again!


The purists tell me I should paint "plein air". I prefer to paint "off season". This picture was actually taken in early April of last year!

dive said...

Plein air is fine and dandy in the south of France, Neetzy; you are wise to hide from the elements.

Word verification today is "locales" which is kind of apt for painting plein air.

neetzy said...

Thanks Dive. It's my photo and I can stay warm and dry. Now I want to paint from some of my sister's recent photos. I call that teamwork!