Sunday, March 22, 2009

Front Row Seat

Front Row Seat, 24X30, oil on linen


This painting came from my desire to paint the translucency of water. The rhythm of the foam and the challenge of painting the foreground rock as it disappears into the sea. When I finished this painting, and had the wave breaking behind the middle ground rock, I felt that the focus of the painting was missing. That's when I put in the sea gull on the rock, right in front of where that wave is breaking. In a moment, he's going to be wearing that wave.

8 comments:

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Steve, I can hear the waves crashing in this beautiful painting. Simply wonderful!

Theresa Rankin said...

Beautiful job on the waves and the translucent color!!

Jeremy Elder said...

I really like the way you painted the water spilling over the cracks of the rocks. Very beautiful.

Steve Atkinson said...

Thanks everyone for the positive feedback. This painting will be in my solo show at the Bosque Conservatory at the end of July, 2009. It will be the only ocean painting there, I'm hoping that in the middle of a hot Texas summer, someone will want a nice cool ocean scene!

Jennifer McChristian said...

Resplendent!
And congrats on your upcoming solo show!

Steve Atkinson said...

Thanks for the kudos Jennifer! And congrats to you for having your painting make the cover of the Salon show brochure. Even 4 color offset printing couldn't ruin that beautiful painting of yours.

Steve

Luisa said...

very beautiful, ciao from italy by luisa

Rusty Jones said...

Steve,
Mission accomplished. Guess I'll be taking a trip down the road to Clifton in July to see your show. Great painting. You planning on doing others of the same subject matter?