Mother and son, on the beach

Last summer I walked from Whitby to Sandsend. It is a couple of hours to walk from Whitby to Sandsend and back. I sketched and took photographs as I walked. These two figures were just playing by the shore, enjoying the waves. I was interested in the composition of the mother and child together, against the backdrop of the sea which was boisterous and foamy. I simplified the figure of the mother into a silhouette, trying to get the feeling of bodyweight bearing down on one leg. The child was more difficult, as children often are to paint, so I settled for emphasizing his rumpled nature. For the whole painting I tried to avoid overworking the paint, forcing each brush stroke to work hard describing the two bodies and waves.