Friday, December 22, 2006

Zuma Beach


Station #10...........oil on panel............11x14"
In order to banish the holiday blues and infuse a little warmth into my cold, wintery days, I painted a beach scene using a small color sketch and photo reference. It was overcast that morning and the clouds began to evaporate at around noon which caused the background mountains to appear veiled and mysterious. I wanted to create a sense of vast space and isolation by using the deserted life guard staion as a focal point.



Happy feet......
although they look a little puckered from wading in the freezing water too long!

20 comments:

william wray said...

Love the little birds and the little feet. ;-) Nice big sense of empty quiet. The under painting does convey a promise of warmth in the future. Enter this one in a contest. It's a winner.

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thanks William!

W. K. Moore said...

Jennifer... warm and luscious! Good painting over the holidays. I'll email any good photos I shoot.. might be a couple. Thx for your friendship through '06.. now on to '07!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Bill,
I look forward to seeing your holiday pix!
Here's to a new year of creative breakthroughs, prosperity, new friendships and peace!

J

René said...

Love those toes eeuh tones :-P
What underpaintings can do, it's just awesome.

mark said...

Wonderful painting. I also enjoy the birds. Few folks put them in and we hear them the whole time we're painting a scene.

andrew said...

I like the pink underpainting coming through!! There is nothing more difficult than paintig a simple scene and you've done a great job of it.

Cheers... Andrew Judd

Stefan Nuetzel said...

I have to add to all that has been written, the under tone, the simplicitiy and the happy little toes and birds ;-), that you are great with the palette knife. Merry X-mas and a happy new year from Stefan.

Jennifer McChristian said...

I agree Rene, underpaintings can add a little extra spark and color vibration in a painting (and I find it unifies a painting as a whole)

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thanks Mark,
The birds do add a more naturalistic element to the painting.

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thanks Andrew!
The quiet simplicity of the deserted beach is what appealed to me. The challenging aspect of the painting process was to suggest more with less.

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thanks Stefan and a Merry X-mas and Happy New Year to you!

Cheers!

paintrly1 said...

Stunning! Masterful!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thanks Joy!

Robin Weiss said...

Jennifer.. I have been in a funk all weekend, not able to get going. Just studying your amazing artwork has got me inspired again.
Thanks!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Your welcome Robin!
Funny how I felt the same about your beautiful and inspiring paintings.

Ryan Evans said...

Love the sense of space in this- really nice painting

Ryan

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thanks Ryan!

I intentionally painted the life-guard shack small to create a sense of vastness.

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A FANTÁSTICA FÁBRICA DE SONHOS ILUSTRADOS said...

Espetacular your paintings!Celso Mathias ( Brasil)