Whoa, a few weeks ago, Margo posted this beautiful family pic to Facebook and I thought it would be fun to paint. It took a while, but here's my take. The photograph still might be better, but I'm calling this version done as it has been on my easel for quite a while.
I took some in-progress shots along the way.
My first session was just establishing some water color and beach color. Then I moved on to the figures.
I finished sketching in the figures and boat without trying to be too tight and detailed for this size painting.
I finished up with darkening the distance after trying it lighter. I think the difference in light reflecting on the water is greater than the atmospheric lightening that I usually think of in landscape painting. The darker water also helped the boat and figures pop out more.
20" x 16" Oil on pumice panel.