This is the second new painting, oil on canvas, 30cm x 40 cm. I call it Beach Volleyball Leap.
VOLLEYBALL LEAP, OIL PAINTING
The reference for this painting is pencil sketches made when on holiday in Jamaica last year. The beach volleyball was very popular and I enjoyed sitting in the sand, drawing the players, who were a different lot each day. It was always mixed girls and guys, and some players were very good. All were enthusiastic! I took a lot of photos too. I tried to capture the luscious greens of the trees and shrubs growing in the grounds of the resort, with the beach sand bright from the setting sun.
BEACH VOLLEYBALL PAINTING, DETAIL
My new oil painting is nearing completion.
I have used sketches from my vacation in Jamaica last November, when we stayed near Dunn’s River Falls, Ocho Rios.
The beach there was ideal for beach volleyball as it was flat and cleaned everyday.
The other people and the staff at the resort were keen on the game. There was a change in teams everyday, depending on who was around. Most people wore bikinis, swim suits or baggy shorts and tee shirts.
Everyday they played and most days when on the beach, I sat and sketched in the shade. The best time was late afternoon when the light was muted and shadows long. It was a friendly time, with people watching but nobody getting too stressed if the game went the wrong way. I took a lot of photos too and they are on Flickr. A nice drink with clinking ice cubes made all the difference.
Pencil sketch in Jamaica, beach volleyballBeach volleyball players, pencil sketch in Jamaica