During the summer my family and I would go swimming at a nearby beach. Most days the water there is clear enough that you can see 10+ feet down, and while some days can bring huge waves, this day the water was almost as still as glass.
I laid back and closed my eyes and for several minutes, just floated. It had been about 10-15 minutes when I heard splashing nearby. Figuring it was the boyfriend, I chuckled "I hear you....!". Between gasps and the occasional sputter came the response, "Really? Do you? Because you sure didn't hear me when I was yelling your name to come back to shore!"
Opening my eyes, I realized I was about a quarter of a kilometre down the beach and a couple hundred feet out further than I had started. Despite the stillness of the water, there was still enough of a current that I had figured that I would be pushed towards shore.
I was wrong.
The gentleman friend had called my name numerous times and finally swam out to let me know I was floating toward the opposite shore.
|Acrylic on 8x10 wood panel|
This is a self-portrait of sorts, but mostly I wanted to capture the calmness of floating on still water. I used a lot of glazing in order to give the impression of being just slightly submerged in water. My least favourite parts were the arms, which I feel a just a bit too long. I'm happy with the bathing suit, I was trying to give a shiny, reflective, wet look. I also like the shading on the thighs and the one leg that is completely submerged.
I did a bit too much hair. I found this the hardest part, making the hair stream out just the right way.