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Beach Watercolor 5 by Shellie Lewis

August 2, 2011

Beach Watercolor 5 by Shellie Lewis, watercolour, 5.5” x 8.5” [14 x 21.6 cm]

I went back to the beach last Sunday, and this little painting is the best yet of the season.  I took a long time with this one and had a lot of drying time between washes.  The tiny rental sailboat was moved by some people when I was halfway through the painting.  I had stared at the scene long enough and had a few layers of paint to have it fixed in mind. If you are concerned that an outdoor situation may not last, take a photograph or two as you start your sketch or painting.  If someone rents your cute little sailboat subject matter and launches away across the water, you have an image of the scene to fall back on and finish your work.

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