Friday, August 19, 2011
Cocktails on the beach
Earlier this summer I was walking along the beach looking for interesting things to photograph or draw and my eye was drawn to a shot of colour nestled in the grey stones. A cocktail umbrella? Perhaps the beach is going upscale from when I did my partying. Back then it was beer and hotdogs. Obviously these days its cocktails.
It seems so incongruous in the setting and the colour popped against the stones, so I knew it was meant to be. The paper of the folded umbrella is delicate but intact and reminded me of the petals of poppies - that crushed silk look that they have.
This is a quick study for a main piece. I was finishing up some oils on a palette before starting fresh and used paper for this. A fairly sturdy canal paper by St. Armand that seems to hold up well to a variety of mediums.