Afternoon

 Afternoon, 28 x 42, oil

Afternoon, 28 x 42, oil

A late summer afternoon. The beach people are each in their own shared worlds, glimpsing neighbors and wondering, or completely engaged in the present with no thoughts at all. There are still a few hours left before the rest of the world begins to creep back in with the tide, lifting them back home.

After the sanding stage (below), I built up the layers of water surfaces, letting underpainting through for optical mixing. Figures were added to round out narratives and composition. Colors were done and redone to adjust hue, value, shape, depth. This piece was challenging. Some are harder than others to develop, to get them to the point where they begin to tell me what they want.