As many of you probably already know, one of the new galleries that now represent me is the JoAnne Artman Gallery in Laguna Beach, California. Laguna Beach is, well, a beach town, so I thought it would be a good idea to paint beach themed images for my upcoming featured artist show in October. It is a theme that I am very familiar with since I did a summer themed show last year for my Portland, Oregon solo show, which included many images of bathing suit clad people. People seem to get a kick at seeing bathing suits from the 40s and 50s and it has always been a popular theme in my paintings.
Here is the latest painting that I started today. It is an image of a father and son looking at tide pools. It is still in a very rough stage but I think it will be a pretty nice piece when completed. The panel is 24" x 30".
I am not sure how much of the background I will include. I am wondering how well the painting will read as a tide pool scene if I don't include some of it. Plus, there's the issue of the boy's left hand looking like it is floating. His hand is actually resting on some rocks but I don't want to include too much of the background since that goes along with my other pieces. It will be interesting to see what happens once the figures are done. I am going to leave the background blank until then so I can see how the figures interact with the starkness before I make any decisions.