Sketch Marathon Day 11: Painting on Location at Carkeek Beach

A plein air painting done at Carkeek Park

Carkeek Shore (plein air). 8x10, oil on linen panel. 2016

 I painted on the beach at Carkeek Park today. What a difference compared to my last visit - a rainy winter day when I had the whole place to myself.

On a bright spring day like today, the colors of the PNW coast almost look artificial. I had to improvise a lot and gray down all my paint to make the sketch work. It was touch-and-go for a while with this painting and it nearly became a scraper. However, I managed to knuckle down and turn it around.

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