Boys and the Ocean

commission art, figure painting, Irina's watercolors, ocean, ocean painting, original art, rocks, sand, watercolors by Irina




This commission painting that I have recently finished has its very sweet little story as all painting usually are. My client wanted to make a birthday gift to her sister and she ordered a painting from the picture that was taken long time ago. The picture was with three sons watching the surfers at Rockaway Beach in Pacifica, California. Boys Dad used to work for the US Geological Survey and he spent a lot of time on the sea. When his sons grew up he passed the love to the ocean to them. They absorbed the ocean into their blood, became experienced divers, and could not imagine their lives without the big water. When I was painting this piece, I tried to show the boys that are not just looking at the Ocean, but rather looking to their Future. It was so much fun to paint fairly large for my scale painting and make a big washes of the sky and the water yet apply tiny details for the rocks’ texture and the boys’ figures.

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16″ x 20″ Winsor & Newton Watercolor on 300 lb Cold Pressed Paper

10 thoughts on “Boys and the Ocean

  1. Dear Irina,
    Very beautiful work. Especially, colors are impressive. Sure, the family is very happy with your work. The waves of sea are carefully handled and weldone!
    Kind regards, Sadami

  2. That is so beautiful! I love how you described your intent, with the boys looking to their father as well as the possibilities ahead of them. That's exactly what I thought about when I looked at it. Wonderful painting!

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