I love painting outdoors and some of my favorite times is Spring and Summer when I can paint anything boats, waterfronts, beach and sand. There is something majestic about ocean life to me and something soothing as well. I have a collection to share of some of my favorite paintings that are watercolors. Let me know if you have a favorite boat, beach house, or commercial building like hotels or boardwalks that you would like painted. I can be commissioned for those year round.
I had painted this watercolor en plein air! Yes- it was fun and exciting! One of the several plein air paintings I have done at the Myrtle Beach. A Myrtle Beach hotel recently purchased the rights to make prints of this painting. The painting will be reproduced as large prints for 200+ guest rooms. Since I professionally photograph all of my artwork, I was able to supply high resolution image of this painting very quickly. The original is available for purchase as well.
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I have painted the Myrtle Beach in watercolor before, but this is my first Myrtle Beach painting in Gouache. I love Myrtle beach, so no wonder I love painting it! Couple of years ago, I had made several plein air paintings when I was there (imagine painting watercolors on the beach, few feet away from the splashing waves!). I have sold many of those. This painting was done in studio. I wanted to capture the evening light on those clouds, so, I decided to use gouache. I sometimes use gouache to add little accents to my watercolors. And I also create complete paintings in gouache. Although some artists compare gouache to both oils and watercolors, my experience is different. I also know many purists frown upon using gouache in watercolor paintings. But, all of my favorite artists used gouache: Winslow Homer, Singer Sargent, Andrew Wyeth, Turner, Thomas Moran and the list goes on!
I used off-white paper for this painting. Not the smooth kind that is normally recommended for gouache paintings. The challenge for me when painting in gouache is that, unlike watercolors I lose my drawing quickly and unlike oils, it is harder to “draw” with the paint. So, for me patience is the key when painting in gouache.
If you like my paintings, please know that I also sell prints and licenses.
I had visited Myrtle Beach, South Carolina earlier this year. I made several plein air paintings and sketches while I was there. Above painting is a recent studio painting. The painting captures one of the stormy days of my stay at the North Myrtle Beach. Unlike my previous paintings (which are posted on this blog as well as under the Plein Air gallery), this view is from the water, where I was playing with my 4 y/o son. The clouds were the hardest part of this painting! I did not want to paint those too carefully. But, the clouds are important part of my story here.
Few days ago I had travelled to Myrtle Beach SC for a little family vacation. I always carry my watercolors with me wherever I go! So while I enjoyed spending time with my family, I did manage to make sketches and paintings. I carried my sketch-pad and watercolor blocks to the beach everyday. I also made pencil and ink sketches. Myrtle Beach is a busy place! And it wasn’t practical to setup and easel. So, basically I worked while sitting down. Of course, I got lot of fine sand in my palette as I painted! I did not mind little bit of mixed-media! The other challenge was humidity. It really was difficult to predict how the pigments will behave. And painting on variety of paper surfaces kept things interesting!
While I painted smaller sketches on the beach, I also did couple of bigger plein air paintings from the balcony. Of course, I missed the fun of sudden waves crashing on my stuff (I may have lost a brush or two). It took me 30 mins to 3 hours to complete each painting. I did talk to some nice folks as I painted. I especially enjoyed painting lifeguards.
All the paintings are available for purchase. I will also use these paintings as reference to create bigger oil painting or two in my studio.
I sketch a lot from life. This is a good practice for when I paint live at Weddings. I will be working on a wedding painting studio commission next for Carolina Country Club in Raleigh.