Sketch Marathon Day 6: Olympic Peninsula

Olympic Peninsula (plein air). 8x10, oil on linen panel. 2016

Olympic Peninsula (plein air). 8x10, oil on linen panel. 2016

Of the four field studies that I did today, this is the only one I decided to keep.

Despite the grandiose title, I painted this at the Smith Cove Park marina here in Magnolia, just 5 minutes from our house. I timed my arrival (accidentally) to coincide with low tide. This enabled me to include the rocky beach and provided more foreground interest than I usually manage to find on the shoreline. I stood overlooking the beach so that the angle of the shoreline added perspective.

The great thing about Seattle is that I was able to paint there in the morning, go home for something to eat, and then go to paint at Discovery Park in the afternoon.


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