A beach revived
Temperatures have dipped but we are still going to Coney Island and the photo/image ops are still abundant. The city is working on restoring the entire beach, so a lot of our favorite route is closed off. The very end, by Sea Gate, however, is finished and the beach is beautifully double in size. I love it when the city does things right.
I continue to be fascinated by this thin strip of land that separates sky and water and that appears in so many of the landscapes that I look at. I started observing this in Lambertville over the summer. Sometimes it is just a sliver, as by the far left of this painting; or it may be a more significant shape as on the right. The paper white of this legacy sheet is used for these strips of land.
While I was photographing scenes, Sol’s body came into light and shade perfectly, along with the reflection and the waves. Voilà! What I needed to paint was right there, and we could then turn back and go get hotdogs at Nathan’s.
Back in the studio, I’m looking at Winslow Homer for inspiration.