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Theodorablau
08-31-2013, 07:23 AM
My sister sent me a few photos from her summer holidays in Normandy - the usual pictures of the famous cliffs at Etretat and a few sunsets. On one of them I discovered the small silhouette of a child trying to catch the sparkle of the sun on the wet sand.

'Summer gold'
Soft pastels on Raw Sienna AS Colourfix board 9"x12"

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Aug-2013/1115812-Summer_Gold.jpg

Kathryn Wilson
08-31-2013, 09:21 AM
You did a great job in capturing the sparkle of the water :)

Ruthie57
08-31-2013, 10:15 AM
This is lovely Dorothea! So vibrant, colourful and made of Summer! Your simplified treatment of the silhouette of the child and the sun soaked sand is most effective!

Donna T
08-31-2013, 11:20 AM
Looks like you used the color of your board to great advantage, Dorothea! Very nice!

Theodorablau
08-31-2013, 11:24 AM
Thank you, Kathryn and Ruthie! Aren't pastels just wonderful? To be able to cover a dark reddish brown with lighter colours up to a few strokes of pure white to show the near blinding intensity of sunlight on wet sand - love it!

Theodorablau
08-31-2013, 11:25 AM
Donna, I love to work on those coloured AS boards and papers. They can add a lot to the outcome of a painting.

Dedrian
08-31-2013, 11:46 AM
Sweet! Nice comp and artistry!

Moises Menendez
08-31-2013, 11:52 AM
Dorothea,
I really like your work. This is a great rendition of the child and the sea with only few colors. You are very talented.

Theodorablau
08-31-2013, 12:38 PM
Thank you, Dedrian!
Moe, glad you like it! Sometimes a few colours are all one needs; here it's more a play with values!

rugman
08-31-2013, 12:51 PM
This is wonderful!

adlercomo
08-31-2013, 01:20 PM
Just beautiful. I feel I am standing right there, with wet feet!

Theodorablau
08-31-2013, 01:44 PM
Ron, Matt, thank you for your nice comments!

Mado
08-31-2013, 01:59 PM
Bravo ! This is suggested but so real.

Theodorablau
08-31-2013, 02:15 PM
Mado, thank you!

gecko99
09-01-2013, 04:11 AM
Wonderful - can totally see why you were inspired to paint this!

Nicole

maryinasia
09-01-2013, 04:41 AM
beautiful!!!

Theodorablau
09-01-2013, 05:24 AM
Nicole, Mary thank you! I cropped about 80% of the photo which left me with a slightly blurred picture which I then used as reference.

Grinner
09-01-2013, 09:28 AM
Very, very nice :)

Theodorablau
09-01-2013, 10:09 AM
Thank you, Grinner!

himawara
09-01-2013, 12:10 PM
This makes me want to travel to the sea - so beautifully painted!!

pastel65
09-01-2013, 03:25 PM
I love this. I moved near the ocean a year ago and have yet to sit on the beach and paint. This will inspire me. Pam

Theodorablau
09-01-2013, 04:16 PM
Himawara, Pam, thank you!

allydoodle
09-01-2013, 05:45 PM
Beautiful work Dorothea! I love the limited palette, and the sparkle on the water is wonderful!

Theodorablau
09-01-2013, 06:13 PM
Chris, thank you! It was fun playing around with all those red, orange and yellow hues; the child, too is painted in a dark brownish-red. There are just a few touches of pure Schmincke white for the lightest parts to show that blinding brightness of the sunlight wet sand.

Judi1957
09-07-2013, 12:10 PM
Hi Dorothea!:wave:

Hard to not stare at this beauty! I love it!

Theodorablau
09-07-2013, 05:14 PM
Judi, thank you! What a compliment, I appreciate it! It's framed now and going to my Mom who fell in love with it - she's 90 and not well so I'm glad I can bring her a little sunshine with this!

Dcam
09-08-2013, 11:08 AM
Dorothea:
What a lovely silhouette and rich color.

Derek:thumbsup:

Theodorablau
09-08-2013, 11:38 AM
Derek, that silhouette immediately caught my eye, while I was browsing through my sisters's photos. Sometimes you get lucky!