Sol at Coney by Sea Gate

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.

September 2013
Watercolor, gouache and graphite
Arches, finish and weight unknown, 22″ x 15″
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