Long Beach in Sag Harbor merges into a stretch of sand called Short Beach. There is often a picturesque sailboat anchored on the sand.
Beautiful views in every direction.
9" x 12" oil on canvas panel by Gail Gallagher
9 " x 12" oil on canvas panel by Hugh Gallagher
Painting outdoors is a paradox. Beauty and angst coincide. When I began my painting I chose a slightly higher ground in the beach grass to get a view that I admired. Leaving the breezy area along the water left me victim to a host of sand flies that were biting the entire time that I was painting. I sketched out my painting idea in a little notebook that I carry in my travel easel. It looked good, but as I painted I realized that I had a convergence of a number of elements that would make it look too busy. Thankfully the tide went out and solved that issue. The entire painting session was a problem solving excercise. When I got everything home it occured to me. "I am the artist. I can paint it however I want!" Another idea to explore further!
I found a few interpretations of this scene by local painters.
Paul's Boat by Anita Kusick
oil on linen 10" x 12"
Long Beach by James Daga Albinson
oil 10" x 17" 2009
July by Ben Fenske
oil 31.5" x 40" 2009
Ben Fenske has a show at Grenning Gallery opening this weekend.