Seascape Beach Tennis

Beach Tennis at Sunset.

Aw, it’s a difficult subject and it’s true, every time I’m painting it, it feels I forgot all previous painting sessions, being a total beginner again.

Very often you might feel ‘nature has beaten you to it’, but there’s also a big chance, looking at your painting again, a few weeks after, you’ll be amazed by your attempt to ‘record’ such a wonderful moment in paint!

And as for all topics, all subjects in nature, it will take you practice. So just do it often. You’ll see an upward development and increase of control.

Because it just IS difficult, stay open, stay ‘studious’ (as you paint it: keep looking at nature and forget formulas), and don’t give up. Do it again, again, again.

Seascape Schuring Sunset Beach BallSSU04-2019 Seascape Plein air Painting
‘Sunset Beach Ball’

Roos Schuring, oil on canvas, 24 × 30 cm | 9.6″ x 11.8″
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first stage, quickly adding colors in


ideas for figures placed in


palette at the end

finished before sunset (that’s rare for me, I often work longer on it till after sunset.)

Seeing this image, I think these colors better resemble the painting better than the big image does.
Hard to get the photos exactly right..
Best is to take a picture at the scene, straight after you’re finished and with a mirror reflex camera.


If you read this all the way to the end, just know the painting I did a day prior to this one I trashed (!) I scraped it all off, leaving my family members disappointed (because they liked it), and there isn’t even an image of it, gone forever. Just so you know there can’t be only ‘successful paintings’.

If we are SO critical that almost nothing meets your standards it’s not good at all. The remedy might be to be a bit more humble in the process. Don’t break paintings at the spot, or in the moment. Just stop them. And keep them. Maybe it wasn’t as bad at all. All of these experiences help. Be more kind to yourself.



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