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Plein Air painting- Beach scene

Beach day plein air sketch
I was able to do a plein air painting at our local beach recently. These works are in order to help me improve and increment my landscape painting skills. I wanted to catch the mood of the morning which was somewhat overcast and despite the ominious weather there were a  few people out on the water enjoying the sea. What I find the most challenging about landscape painting is trying to pick out what is important and dealing with the landscape constantly changing. With a medium like watercolor it can be daunting because you need to plan things in advance. I like the way this approach pushes me to be quicker and to prioritize in order to have the important bits down as I observe what is in front of me before it changes.


when I was getting ready to leave, the beach was filling up in spite of the bad weather

I dropped my pallette in the sand :(

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  1. Your beach scene is beautiful with nice and warm colors in spite of the greyish day...maybe wishful thinking ? :-) You did an excellent job ! Too bad you got sand in your pallette !

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    1. Thanks Jane! I really look forward to reading your comments!

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  2. Good on you for painting plein air Celia! I think it takes courage to attempt a scene with changing light and moving props! I love the aqua and blue colours you got into your ocean. Beautiful!

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    1. Thank you ,Wendy, for the encouraging comment! Hopefully I'll improve with practice!

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  3. We share a passion that is watercolor. You are lucky to enjoy a beach day in which you practice making quick notes full colour. Celia Greetings.

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    1. Thank you Toni! It's nice to meet you and happy you visited my blog!

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