Hi, I’m Jan Matson and I love painting beach scenes which depict the joy of beach life. Some of my beach paintings are serious, semi-impressionist in style and some are painted to show my love of colour and beach frivolities. Many summers of enjoyment are remembered in each painting.
Sometimes it is the energy of youth, the way young people run and play on the beach. Other times it is the calmness and serenity of just sitting on a beach or strolling along in the evening light.
Painting the beach is enjoyable for me allowing me to feel that serenity. I escape from my everyday surroundings allowing the colors, the scent and the sounds of the beach to wash over me.
First, when touring the coast, I visit beaches at different times of the day, taking lots of photographs and absorbing the general atmosphere. I watch how people are using the beach. At times, young people are playing games, running with their dogs or surfing. At other times, the beach goers are relaxing, lying about sunbathing or strolling the foreshore.
When I get home, I load the images into my computer and look at all the scenes with the aim of choosing a nice composition. Often, two or more images are combined in the final painting. To see all of my beach paintings on this site please click here.
This applies mostly to people and animals. The general view of the beach and surrounds are maintained.
Sketching the scene on the board can be laborious, especially if perspective has to be taken into account. The shape of the beach and the figures are very loosely sketched in. I find that I often make many changes during the painting process, refining the composition, the colors and sometimes the number of people.
Painting for me is a dynamic process over several days, even for small paintings. Larger paintings can take weeks to finalize. They sit in my studio and I let my subconscious critique the work. Suddenly, I will get an urge to make a subtle ( and sometime dramatic!) change in the painting. Paintings begin more or less consciously, even quite logically following the scene in front of me. Over time the artistic-self takes over the painting and gradually a satisfying work emerges.
My paintings are mostly done like this. I paint a new painting every day and also modify paintings every day.
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