I was really surprised with how much I liked this one once it was finished. I didn't think I was going to be able to convey how it felt that morning at East Beach, the early morning sun, trying hard to break through the last bit of lingering fog.
I took the whole weekend off from painting since it was my husbands birthday. The sun came out just in time for it, it was a wonderful weekend! And there was a much larger turnout for the reception at the Red Door on Saturday than I expected. I sold a few pieces, hopefully a few more will sell before the show ends this month.
I'm afraid I'm a little behind with my daily paintings now, since I spent two whole days working on this larger piece. I think I need at least a few larger pieces for this upcoming show, so it was worth it.
There is another reception at the Red Door Gallery tomorrow from 4:00-6:00, please stop by if you're in town! And ask me questions! I need practice in answering them :)
My husband saved me from an umbrella just like this one at the beach last weekend. It had gotten a little windy and someone's umbrella had sprung loose, but for some reason the pointy end (not the umbrella part) was headed full speed at the back of my neck. Luckily my husband is part jedi and caught it just inches before it hit me. Thanks love :)
I had the best weekend! I love summer by the beach! My sister came down to visit and brought her raft/boat? I'm not sure what you call it, but she made me paddle out much farther than I expected. Seals grunted at us, and we learned that creepy salamander like things live all over the kelp. I got to play beach volleyball on Sunday, something I haven't gotten to do in years, SO much fun!
And of course there's lots of people around on the beach, which makes it the best time to practice these types of paintings :)
I felt a little Hopper-esque with my composition of this piece. I sketched out several ways I could paint this house but I kept coming back to this one.
Oil on panel, 5x7 inches
The reception at Gallery 113 last night was wonderful! I think it was my favorite so far, even though the heat upstairs was almost unbearable. I had lots of visitors who had seen my work in the News Press. One old man came down just to see my work but couldn't get up the stairs, I felt so bad! His daughter helped me carry a few pieces downstairs so he could see.
I'm still not great at talking to strangers about my work, but I think I'm getting a little better, it seemed a bit easier last night. I'll keep practicing.
I don't know why it was this kids job to sweep the sidewalk outside the karate studio....my husband said to "earn his lessons", that sounds reasonable.
Oil on panel, 5x7 inches
It's going to be a busy weekend here! My Red Door show opens tonight, I'll be there from 5-8. There is also the Art & Sole walk on Saturday, it starts at the Red Door at 4:00. Hope to see some of you there!
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.