One good thing about doing a series based on the same scene is that the biggest question is already answered, which is, “What am I going to paint?”
With that out of the way, I’m free to do whatever I want with the subject. Today I decided to use a palette based on a print I bought about a year ago. The print is of a beach scene done in bright, cheerful colors, which is what drew me to it, more than the subject matter. I liked the graceful swoops of the artist’s brush work, too, and that’s something that I can do with pastels, especially if I start with a board that I’ve brushed pumice onto, like this one.
It also helps that I just got off the phone with my brother Joe, one of my favorite people in the whole world.