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Coney Island Mondays: The Sky Reflects

One year later…

Unless it is raining, it doesn’t take much for us to hop on the F train and get to Coney Island in under 25 minutes. Every Monday, we’ll be standing in line at Nathan’s on the boardwalk within an hour, and then walk the surf toward Sea Gate where the beach becomes wide, quiet and quite beautiful.

Sol at Coney by Sea Gate

2013: Sol at Coney by Sea Gate

What did I know a year ago when I picked up some old Arches paper and some new watercolors and tackled a beach scene for a large painting? It’s like young kids and iStuff: put them in front of it and they will figure it out without asking any questions. It just happens.

And so it has been with for me when attempting a seascape done from photos that I take at Coney. Spend a little time on the drawing, then just tackle it with lots of water and pigment, and don’t sweat it too much. Of course, now there’s a year’s worth of experience, classes and workshops to help figure it out. The bottom right beach was painted by pouring the paint instead of brushing, a great technique learned in a recent workshop. If you are a painter, try using Magic Eraser to gently remove paint from unwanted areas—it really works!

Still don’t have a clue about how to paint the ocean…

August 2014
Watercolor and graphite
Arches cold press, 300 lb, 16″ x 21.5″

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12 thoughts on “Coney Island Mondays: The Sky Reflects

  1. Both are quite lovely! I can see new techniques you are using. What was the class you did that demonstrated pouring on paint?

  2. I’ve been to Coney Island a billion times. It has never looked as beautiful as in your painting. 🙂

    Next time I’ll have to walk down towards Sea Gate, I don’t think I’ve been to that end of the beach.

  3. Joy Makon on said:

    Hi Kathy. I took a worshop with Joel Popadics on Friday, plein air in Central Park. He painted his skies by pouring–very cool trechnique. Enjoy your travels before school

  4. Joy Makon on said:

    Hi Carol, totally different feel towards Sea Gate, prefer it for the quieter feel, especially if you walk all the way to the end. Sit on the rocks, then turn back.

  5. jeanne Fishman on said:

    Love that Joy

    Sent from my iPhone


  6. Lovely sky and beach!

  7. Wonderful! …and like your little people. 🙂

  8. The colors are beautiful and you did an amazing job at capturing the beach. It’s my favorite place and I try to paint it but I can never convey what it is really like there. Maybe I’m missing all those colors! We are neighbors – I’m not far from Jones Beach. 🙂

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