Here is the final version of the painting I have been working on for the past week or so:
I had such a good time painting this piece I didn't want it to end. The several prior studies I did of this subject (most of them on location) really helped to inform me about color choices and brushwork, and also, more importantly, they brought back the strong emotional connection I have with the subject. I felt like I was on vacation all over again. Don't get me wrong, this was work, too, but it is this kind of view that I see on summer vacations to the Outer Banks when I step out on the deck in the morning to sip my first cup of coffee. For me it recalls a time to let all the cares go and just relax!