Sunday, April 21, 2013

Playa Blanca ©

©2013 Debbi Smith Rourke
Playa Blanca 11"x14" 
Oil on canvas board framed in natural wood and black float frame

I painted this initially while doing a demo at the Palette Club at the Austin Senior Citizen Center. I am enjoying working in layers and continually adjusting work over a few days to see where I might take it. Each day brings new ideas. Love the swirly paint in the water, scratches in the sand and big brush strokes simplifying the sky.

Here are the sweet folks at the Austin Palette Club! These painters were so kind, inquisitive and appreciative. I brought the painting home and adjusted it further, adding some contrast and scratching a bit with my palette knife. I took the photo that inspired this painting on the Mayan Riviera in March of 2012. We stayed at an incredible resort called Grand Velas near Playa del Carmen. Heaven!!! More Grand Velas paintings to come. :-)


Nancy B. Hartley said...

Deb, Beautiful work! Love these colors, and subject matter!

Cindy Williams said...

This is beautiful! I can feel the heat from the sun :) I love it.