“Beach & 15th”

“Beach & 15th”,
by Robert Leedy, 2010,
watercolor on Arches 140 lb. Cold Press paper
14.5″ x 23″

“Beach & 15th is a watercolor I painted that is the first painting of a series of paintings, entitled, “Beach Access” which celebrates “life by the edge of the world” in Atlantic and Neptune Beaches on Florida’s Northeast Coast.

The scene is the beach access down the street from my mother’s home in Atlantic Beach. We visit her frequently and as I was walking down to the beach one morning, I realized I had passed by this scene so many times and never thought to paint it. I started with a watercolor sketch and mailed it to a good friend and collector of my work. The painting above was completed in my studio.

It’s nice to stop and pay homage to the little scenes that are part of your life which often go unnoticed. As for the series, I am a bit saddened that I didn’t think of it before the landscape drastically changed at the beaches, especially Atlantic Beach. Many of the old beach houses remain and some still have that wonderful, sun-dried, old pine paneling with a marvelous scent of age that takes me way back…

Some of the new construction is tastefully done while much of it is a bit out of scale and screaming for attention.  Despite this, Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach remain great places to live with a neighborhood feel and good quality of life.

Read more about the “Study for Beach & 15th”.

Here is a video of the above painting in progress:

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