Friday, March 2, 2012


We had the crit session last night and I brought out these two 12x16’s.

The first here I added another figure, the little brother, who is trailing behind the older sisters. It seemed a little more harmonious with three figures instead of two.

With the red umbrella painting I changed around the figures totally. The woman I painted in larger and moved the two kids farther down the hill to balance out the composition better. That of course led to re-painting areas of the dune grass. Seems to always be the case when you change something around it affects some other thing and that then needs to be addressed.

The first 90 percent of the painting can go quick, it’s that remaining ten percent that can take weeks if not months!

Richard Boyer


  1. You're so right, the tweaking can take as long as the entire painting!

    In the red umbrella painting, I'd be inclined to add a small touch of red down the beach, perhaps on a boat out there. But that's just me...

    These look like photos I have of a beach here. Same composition, but with more people filling the beach. Lovely work.

  2. Thanks for the input Susan