Herring Point revisited

Over the summer I painted an 8" x 10" plein air study of Herring Point at Cape Henlopen Park in Delaware. This week I've been trying to develop that study into a larger studio work. I always find this translation process challenging: how does one preserve the charm of the study while incorporating enough new information to enlarge the work?

One approach is to supplement the study with photo references, but I often find it more helpful to work off the study and to fill in gaps with my memory. In this case, I remember thinking I didn't have enough time to record all the human activity on the beach. I've added more beachgoers in this version. 

 Geoff Watson, "Herring Point," oil on canvas, work in progress, 16" x 20," 2017.

Geoff Watson, "Herring Point," oil on canvas, work in progress, 16" x 20," 2017.