This painting was done en plein air. A couple of weeks ago I was painting with some very accomplished plein air painters who were invited to paint at the 17th annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painters Association Invitational. The day was overcast and the tide was a little high; leaving little room to paint. Painting from life on days like this always lead to something interesting. If I had been painting this scene from reference photos the color scheme would have been flat.
soft pastel over plywood with an underpainting of acrylic paint and pumice gel