"Shore Birds" by Sue Johnston
This painting, 'Shore Birds' (so named by fellow Thurzdy Painter, Maggee Metcalf) is one of those magical moments in watercolor when everything comes together in the snap of the brush. I took the subject from a photo I took of my grandson Finn, (left) on his 5th birthday, at Santa Cruz. There were a number of challenges in this painting. The water, the reflections, the skin tones on young boys. When I began painting it was as though my brush knew the way and before very much time had passed I was finished. It was showing in Gallery Concord, and recently sold to a man who purchased it as a surprise for his wife. He said the boys reminded them so much of their two sons as they grew up in Southern California. It brought back so many happy memories they just had to have it. It makes me happy to know they are enjoying it in their home.