Tough Day for a Lifeguard – Santa Monica Pier
Watercolor & Ink
I’ve painted from this spot in Palisades Park a few times, but never completed a painting that I truly liked. Until the day I painted this one.
I decided that I was going to try to keep my ink work looser than normal, more of a sketch style, since all of the architectural elements (the pier, the ferris wheel, etc.) could have made it look too much like an illustration if I played it too straight. I think it worked.
When I was about half done, I realized that the lifeguard station in the middle right was becoming more of a focal point than the ferris wheel, so I picked the name of this piece to help draw the viewer to the station, too…
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