Tuesday, April 8, 2014

All to Myself


All to Myself
11"x14" oil on canvas

I began this piece one morning a few weeks ago when a large pipe, part of a beach re-nourishment project, was still in place along the length of Anna Maria Island, pumping sand from out in the gulf up on to the shore. The project began last December and took just over 3 months. It was obtrusive, unsightly, and rather loud at times, but in the end, it resulted in widening the beach by nearly double what it was before. Of course, I suppose one big hurricane could completely erode it all, but- fingers crossed- we shouldn't have to deal with that pipe for another 6-8 years at least!
I completed this painting a couple days ago, while battling fierce winds that I finally had to surrender to! It's actually the view (looking northward) from right behind our condo where we spend our weekends. I debated adding some of the many beach goers that had amassed by mid-morning, but after some consideration (and playing around with a piece of acetate overlay, which is a great "testing tool" by the way!) I decided I rather liked the lonely and contemplative "Hopper-esque" quality of it.

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