Maybe it’s because I visited Bristol, Rhode Island last weekend and had a chance to smell that wonderful briny air and sit on a patio overlooking the bay, or maybe it’s because I’ve been dreaming of the Maine coat and seafood – but this is my pretend vacation painting. I want to walk this beach At High Tide barefoot, feel this fog coming in, and eat clams on this shore. And I will enjoy it.
Technical painting notes: This close-up of the wave shows the “circles” of splashed paint under the wave. I used Liquin Impasto medium mixed with a light gray paint to create the rough gestures of the crashing water. When it was dry, I glazed the wave, then brought out highlights. I also added a touch of fine spatter “droplets” to suggest the water splashing. Additional glazing introduced some green tones in the wave, and raw sienna glazes suggested sand under the water in the foreground.