“South & Strand”
“South & Strand” is a painting from my series, “Beach Access”. The location is Neptune Beach, Florida, a beach community not far from Jacksonville. As with most of the other paintings in the series, this one celebrates the little entrances to “the edge of the world” and offers a quick view of a place many may recognize and some others may not – yet they might be reminded of a place similar to it. Perhaps the strong morning light will trigger a beach memory or a happy feeling of walking down to the ocean’s edge on a cool, summer morning. It’s one of those daily scenes that we might take for granted; a place that needs a little attention now and then…
It is interesting to compare the initial start of this painting [see below]. That stage of the painting was quite fresh with a truthful rawness to it and marks that were deliberate yet exploring at the same time. It was a good start. Good bones as I mentioned in a previous post. Hopefully, I took it in the right direction and retained some of that freshness. I probably could have taken the painting further but I was in danger of losing the nice character so prevalent in the medium of watercolor.
But most importantly, it was a fun journey. I enjoyed myself the whole way through!