I was on a recent trip to Carpenteria to pick up artwork at a show that had ended. I decided that on the way back I would stop and get some pics of the beach at sunset in the very small town of Summerland. To my good fortune there was a group of people ahead of me that ended up making a bonfire. Down at the beaches around Los Angeles you can only make a fire in a pit which is a concrete ring....keeps the ashes out of the sand...sure. It really was very cool to see a fire on the beach without the ring....reminded me of Jaws, the early fire on the beach scene before that girl went off to do some nude swimming and met the shark.
I got some good shots and couldn't wait to try painting a fire....hint, to make the fire bright paint everything around it dark.
This was painted Alla Prima last night into the wee hours.