Sketching At the Beach

Sails at the Bay

Lilibeth André, Sails at the Bay, oil, 12x16

The weather has been just great for outdoor painting and although a bit windy at times and with some cloud cover off and on, painting at the beach has been fun.

I quickly set up my easel and watched the scene as several sail boats frolicked in the choppy waves. This would be an exercise in painting memory because nothing was standing still. The clouds came and went and the color of the bay changed dramatically with the light variations.

I worked out this sketch and added the boats from memory. By the time I got to the boats, they had all gone back to the dock avoiding the challenging winds.

I wrapped this day with a little sun close to the ground where the warmth of the rays had concentrated. I then took a jog along the shoreside road and went with the wind.

For the next project, a group of twenty artists met on The Strand for lunch. Afterwards, we descended on the beach to paint our model. It is always interesting to see the different ways we all see the scene. During breaks we enjoy visiting each easel to chat with the other artists about their work and perspective.

Spring Shore

Lilibeth André, Spring Shore, oil, 12x16

For this piece I definitely felt the need to incorporate the scene. It seemed just as important as the model to reflect how I felt about it. The day was sunny, with a breeze and some errant clouds popping between the sun and us. This change affected the color of the landscape and gave us a chill, especially the model who was in a summer dress.

Painting outdoors is a challenge and protecting myself from the elements is important if I want to be pain free after a full day in the sun. Though I had my bathing suit on, it never saw the light of day. By the time I finished my sketch, the clouds were more abundant and I reached for my blanket instead.



  1. I’m not sure how wordpress works, but it would be nice if we would get a larger view of your paintings when we clicked on them.

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