Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Shore Birds

"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.


Maggie said...

I'm going to miss that one. Everything just shimmers. I grew up in Southern California so my favorite landscapes involve sand and water. You really captured the essence of a moment at the beach.

HELENE J said...

A great "beach moment"! I love the reflection of the two kids on the sand and the water!
'Makes me want to go on holidays !!!

Arti said...

What a magnificient painting, Pablo....I just love the details that you have put in.What paper do you use?I am new to water colors so I may benefit from the answer!:)

Pablo Villicana Lara said...

Hi Arti! this painting is actually by Sue Johnston, I agree, it's a fantastic painting and deserves many many compliments. You can see more of her work on her websise by clicking on her name where it lists our websites. Drop her a note! I'm sure she'd love to here from you and answer your questions. Thanks for visiting our blog!