Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Oahu Beach Triptych

Section 1 (left side) 23" X 25"

triptych (/ˈtrɪptɪk/ trip-tik; (from the Greek adjective τρίπτυχοs ("three-fold"), from tri-= "three" + ptysso= "to fold") is a work of art (usually a panel painting) that is divided into three sections.

I am starting a huge project- a watercolor triptych of a beautiful beach on Oahu.  The reference photo was taken by my beautiful daughter in law of the beach she goes to on base (Pearl Harbor/Hickam AFB).  The total width will be 100" across and 23" high. Usually, what I call a large watercolor is 18 X24".  This is definitely a new challenge for me!  I am starting with the end sections to get the feel of it (besides, I am terrified of the 50" wide center piece- reloading my brush in the midst of painting water, etc.).

reference photo - Hickam Beach


  1. Bonjour,

    Une belle oeuvre en perspective et qui démarre merveilleusement bien.
    J'aime l'atmosphère paisible et estivale.

    Gros bisous

  2. oops i posted before i was done...anyway, i'm looking forward to watching this grow, what a great concept, it will be just amazing!! best of luck with it. can't wait!

    1. Suzanne-
      Thank you so much for your encouragement! I will be out of town so have to take a break from these- can't wait to finish!

  3. Ah... what an ambitious project. The photo is gorgeous and your 3-part interpretation of it will be an awesome set of paintings to hang. Can't wait to see the finished project.

    1. Thanks, Claire-
      I am having fun with these and can't wait to get back to them and finish next week! Will definitely post the finished project!

  4. Beautiful start, Sheryl! I like the photo. I'm looking forward to the finished project.


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