Friday, April 22, 2011

Beach Boys

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I actually began this painting months ago and had almost completed the figures and most of the foreground sand and water when I stopped to do some domestic diva stuff like cook dinner.  It seems ridiculous now because the FOF factors, Fear of Finishing and Fear of Failure, took over like they do and it languished. Anyway, I took it to the finish today.
I'm not sure if I am satisfied with the area above the heads of the kids. Is it interesting enough or does it need a tweak? You tell me. From now on when I'm on a roll I'm going to call in sick to the kitchen ;)

45 comments:

Camille LaRue Olsen said...

I think it's great just as it is.

Virginia Floyd said...

I don't think it needs anything more, but I don't know what you have in mind. The colors here are beautiful; I love the reflections of the children in the water. Great job on the sunlight and shadows on the children's figures, too.

martinealison said...

Avec les beaux jours qui reviennent, il est bon de voir des scènes d'enfants à la plage... On peut sentir l'insouciance dans votre peinture, le soleil qui chauffe et éclaire votre sujet. Le mouvement et les reflets dans le sable mouillé et eau sont superbes. Tout est harmonieusement bien construit et les nuances de couleurs dansent parfaitement bien. Belle peinture. Parfois il faut savoir dire stop! même si la recette dit de faire ci ou ça!
Gros bisous.

Studio at the Farm said...

Mary, it's great as is! the figures stand out perfectly. I think if you did much to background, it would be less striking!

Shelley Smart said...

I think it is great the way the viewer is led to focus on the kids and their reflections. If there was "more" above their heads, it might be too much. I like it just the way you have it! It is beautiful! No FOF showing here!

Irina said...

I love your colors, they are so live and full of energy. I like the reflections and the water/sand effects. I do not know about background, I just know you have nothing to fear about here.

AutumnLeaves said...

I think this is deliciously delightful, Mary. Don't mess with the area over their heads; I see nothing wrong with it! LOL Of course, you have a vision and you must do what you think you must do. The colors are just glorious.

Susan Roux said...

I wouldn't have known you didn't do this all at once. Your back water/beach neutralize as they recede. It doesn't need any tweaking. It's very lovely.

suzannepaints said...

Stick a fork in it! You're done!

Amy Hillenbrand said...

I say the background is perfect, the painting is about the children so how you handled it is wonderful. The colors in this are wonderful, so happy and cheerful. I love you line, can I call in sick to my kitchen job too?

Pat said...

We are our own worst critics, aren't we? This looks great just the way it is! YOU may see the difference when you stopped and started, but WE certainly can't!

Anonymous said...

Its great! I remember the day well. I showed the boys and they recognize themselves. Nice work!

Pam Holnback said...

Such beautiful colors! Love everything about this! So glad that you finished!

Christine Stonebridge said...

I'm so glad I got to see the "blocked in" version of this (not sure if that is the proper term); gives me a better understanding of how you achieve capturing all of the amazing colors in the reflections. It's truly fascinating to see the transformation! Wonderful, wonderful piece! Xoxo

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

This is fantastic. Do not tweak it! Resist the urge! I love the sunset colors and the reflections in the water. Lovely!

Tracy Szekely said...

In my opinion, there is no need to avoid the "domestic stuff"...look at the beauty you created in the process. I like the "FOF" comment.

Marian Fortunati said...

I LOVE it. Because of the interesting reflections below the boys I don't think you want too much distraction above the boys, so I say leave it as it is.

I love the FOF reference. I may borrow it in the future... It's not that I haven't experienced it plenty... I just didn't have a clever name for it!!

Good to see you again!! Glad I dropped by!

Kathy Cousart said...

Wonderful painting! I like it just as it is. Love the lighter spot on the one boys shirt and the blonde's highlight is just perfect! Beautiful colors- Happy Easter:)

Anonymous said...

Mary, I love this painting. I don't think it needs any thing else done to it. Remember, you said "know when to stop." Well I think you can "stop" now on this one. Auntie

Douglas Clark said...

This is great! the colors are just beautiful.

Nancy B. Hartley said...

Mary, It's just perfect. Love the colors, the reflections, it's all just the way it should be! Beautiful painting!

Valérie Pirlot said...

beautiful! Lovely colours, lovely reflections. A very sweet feeling about it. Don't touch it anymore!

Jerry Stocks said...

It is FINISHED!!! The colors are amazing--the whole painting makes me happy.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I have to credit my friend Nancy Colella for the FOF acronym :D It's so true!

the art of the dance is like chocolate said...

i LOVE it - the colors just grab you right away!

Stephanie Berry said...

The figures are the real point of interest so the background being loose works great. Love your vibrant colors.

Col said...

The colours sing beautifully. The children are the focal point and look great, if there is something you are not sure of with the top part, all I could suggest is a little less orange and more pale blue to make the background recede, or leave it how it is. It looks good.

Dana Cooper said...

I love everything about this Mary, your colors are stunning!!

Kim C Pelletier said...

I think it is great just as it is. Splendid colours!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Mary,

I think that Beach Boys is perfect as it is - the softer edges and less detail at the top allow the distance to retreat/fade, and keeps your eye on the figures and their reflections. I truly love this painting - and even more so, knowing that you worked/struggled through the same things I do (although you emerged far more spectacularly!!)

Thanks so much for the regular doses of inspiration!
All my best, Kim

Roxanne Steed said...

Love it just the way it is!!

Violetta Smith said...

There is one thing you should do... walk away. It looks great.

Karen Bruson said...

Love the hot oranges.

Happy Little Trees Studio said...

Gorgeous!!!!

littlelikesand said...

Very quiet and peaceful, the space above those magnificent kids provides peace and reflection.

Lori Bonanni said...

Looks perfect to me!

Ruthie Carlson said...

MARY! This is my favorite painting of yours!!! This is what I desire to be able to do!!! You did a beautiful job with these children. The composition,color, and overall design are dreamy! no doubt! I am actually taking a figure drawing class now to help with my fear of painting people. I think its one of those things you just do it! I love your style! I want to love my style when I paint people! Truly love love love this! Bravo! Do more!

L.Holm said...

The colors are so vibrant and gorgeous. The whole piece moves with live. I agree with all of the above!

Jala Pfaff said...

This is really fantastic and I wouldn't change anything.

Edward Burton said...

This is fantastic, Mary! I love the colors and I wouldn't change a thing about it.

Jo Anne Neely Gomez said...

Great just the way it is, I think Mary. What gorgeous colors and love thrown in there with that paint (smile). Isn't it amazing how we can always get those doubts and fears into our thinking & somehow sabotage some of our best works. I love this!

ANDREW TAYLOR said...

Super painting, well done. It is so hard to balance painting with cooking etc., and the needs of everyday life. Keep it up.

rdl said...

it's Perfect!! it's all bout the boys and the shiny water.
FOF - i love it. :D

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

HOw, oh, HOW did I miss this one???? Never came to my Inbox - I was just checking in on your blog and found it! I love it and Think maybe less green, more sand above their heads, but you could just leave it and it would still be great.

Angela said...

So beautiful. So bright. You really did a great job on this one. Can just feel the sun

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