This Oil Pastel on Brown Paper drawing was done on a day trip to the very special town of Carmel, California. It was my first visit here and as we arrived I was surprised by the unique beauty of the houses and roads that seemed to have been built as part of the surrounding forest. The town centre is full of Art Galleries and has lots of unique architecture. This drawing was done whilst sitting on the beach during a brief visit with family. The waves were quite strong and choppy, creating a lot of white water and mist, which was a nice contrast to the deep blues and greens of the Pacific Ocean.
This painting was done at the same time as the larger Bamboo Island with Longtail Boat from a path on Laem Tong Beach outside Room 118. This smaller work is more expressive and allowed me to see how the thin layers of tone and colour worked when built up. You can see the dark areas of coral in the shallow water and the darker deeper ocean leading to small deserted beaches on Bamboo Island. I like the way the black background and thin layers of paint create the feeling of evening or moonlight although it was painted during the day.
This picture was done at the same time as the previous larger painting at the same location. A few years ago I noticed that as I paint ” en plain air” one of the issues was having to wait for paint to dry or having excess paint leftover, so I started to experiment with doing more than one picture at a time. This not only allows me to test colours and tones before applying them to the “main” picture, it also allows me to be looser and more free with my mark making, sometimes leading to unexpected results. On this trip I decided to try working on black paper and I like the different feeling it gives these smaller expressive paintings.