“Beach & 5th”

a watercolor of an Atlantic Beach, Florida  beachside scene by artist, Robert Leedy.

“Beach & 5th”, by Robert Leedy, watercolor on Arches 140 lb. Cold Press paper, 15.25″ x 22.75″

Here’s another painting from my continuing series, “Beach Access”. The title is pretty straightforward, a reference to Beach Avenue and 5th Street in Atlantic Beach, Florida. Again, this series is a sort of celebration of beachside living in the Jacksonville beach community. These accesses are communal pathways to the ocean and, for some people, sort of personal landmarks of their daily lives.

I did not do this painting en plein air though the weather is absolutely perfect right now for just that and I was thinking I need to get outdoors and enjoy painting while the temperatures are relatively cool. Just this morning I was crossing the Intracoastal Waterway on my way to the beach and noticed how wonderful the light is. It was just around sunrise and the color gradations in the sky were fabulous. The sky was almost cloudless and the air was very crisp and clean. For “Beach & 5th”, I worked from a photograph I took one morning on my “beach access scouting” trips. People can be quite suspicious as you set up a tripod and a camera early in the morning in a neighborhood setting. A least if you are set up and painting, people know what you are doing – but cameras always arouse suspicion.

I know Rose McCall will ask me why I didn’t paint her house which is at this same access looking northeast instead of southeast. Rose, I’m sure I will eventually get to it!

All of us have little recognizable spots that are almost etched in our minds as we go through our daily routines. It is nice to stop now and then and appreciate the view.


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