I had this piece all sketched out and ready to paint on a 5x7 panel....and then I looked at it and thought "I'm going to have to mix all those colors anyway, I might as well paint it large!". And thus began my current project of big paintings. It makes me feel like I've accomplished more when I use an entire naptime to start something big, rather than something so small.
There was going to be more to this post, but I hear a chorus of "ball, ball, ball, ball" from the other room, which means the baby is up.
The part that drew me to this scene was that intensely blue sky, how flat the sand looks, and how the palm trees were reaching up so gracefully... I kind of want to paint this on a very large scale sometime.
The part that drew me to this piece was the shrubbery on the path, I really liked how bright the flowers on top were, contrasted with the dark underside. It also gave me a chance to paint those bluish purplish shadows that I love, and that little peek of the ocean on the left.
Sometimes if you could look into my head you might be surprised to find out why I've chosen to paint a particular piece. Like this one for example, I did not look at this and think "what a cute yellow house I think I'll paint it". Not at all, it was that tiny purple-y shadow next to the small window, my thought was "I have to paint that shadow". The white trim and the lawn were a bonus.
Hi! I'm Sharon Schock, an artist living and working in Carpinteria, California. In 2009 I started a daily painting project where I complete one small painting each day. These paintings will be up for auction or available in my etsy shop soon after they're posted here. To be the first to know about each new posting enter your email at the top of the page.