Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Dusk on South Padre Island

© Debbi Smith Rourke
Dusk on South Padre Island   8x6"

I just spent a glorious 9 days on South Padre Island, returning 6/27, 3 days before hurricane Alex blew in . Had a wonderful time and the beach was gorgeous.  I took tons of pictures. I'm not a big plein painter like other artists I admire who can walk on the scene and in an couple of hours, create an amazing painting. I prefer painting from photos in my studio - photos I take myself (mostly) and remember the inspiration from the location and the moment. Then I like to live with them, see which ones most inspire me, crop them and even do a few pastel sketches. That's my process and it works for me. And I love taking photos!! Imaging all the possibilities with each one - cropping, color and value options. :)


Amy Hillenbrand said...

Nice deep colors, looking forward to more beach scenes. And, oh by the way, you are a great plein painter I've seen you do it.

Dana Cooper said...

I love the umbrella in this and the spot of light on the green is fabulous!

Nancy B. Hartley said...

I love this bright umbrella! Great painting, a fun subject, bright colors, how can you go wrong!

Kerri Settle said...

Really wonderful use of loose brushstrokes in this painting, and I love that colorful umbrella!