Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Big Yellow Umbrella at the Beach

Today was an amazing beach day at Pt. Lookout, N.Y. At home it seemed as if the weather would not cooperate, cloudy and overcast with a hint of a sprinkle. There was no way I wasn't going to the beach. No way. I packed myself up and left. Total drive time to the beach was fifteen minutes without traffic. I arrived at just past noon.

Other people must have thought it wouldn't be a good day, but it turned out beautiful. Like I always say: Heaven is an empty beach. After relaxing in my chair for a while and having lunch, I got out my trusty travel watercolor set and pad and set to work painting the big yellow umbrella right in front of me. 

Big Yellow Umbrella (c)2011 Dora Sislian Themelis
7x11 Watercolor on Canson paper 
Twenty minutes and I was finished with this painting. I don't know if it's the paper that dries so quickly or the beach weather. It was a pleasure to sketch with the paint and forgo the pencil for most of this work. I did draw just a little to get some proportions correct, but overall I just went with paint. And it was good.


  1. Very nice! It makes me want to visit a beach!

  2. You outdid yourself! I love this painting and I can't believe you did it in only 20 minutes! Awesome!

  3. Thanks guys! Twenty minutes is just enough time to get the main elements in, like a drawing. And, it's small.

  4. Hi, Dora,
    I really love this work and... your label, full of humour that makes me smile "heaven is an empty beach."

  5. I'm happy you're smiling Sadami!