Santa Monica Beach – work in progress 16 x 20" oil on linen
© 2010 Katherine Kean
I almost never put people in my landscape paintings. In this case I may. Maybe because I decided to do this painting during New Year's morning spent with friends on this beach, the people feel to me like they are a part of the landscape. In addition they take up so little space, serving more to give scale to the sky.
I've done several variations in sketch form while I try to decide whether or not to include the lifegaurd shack and the telephone pole in the image. I'm still unsure. Sometimes I think they add something and sometimes I don't. I may have to do two paintings before I find out.