Beach Love

Mia Laing - My Mia's ArtSummer is arriving rapidly in Western Australia.  Historically, we go from winter to summer within a few days and always seem to skip the much-anticipated and totally loved spring that other parts of the globe get in abundance.  A sad fact of life in our blink’n hot climate.

Just days ago (Tuesday) it reached a maximum of 12 degrees celsius.  It was windy and wet and cold enough to have the heating on, extra blankets on the bed and a few layers of warm clothing…Today (Sunday) it was 29 degrees celsius.  We are talking 17 degrees difference in 5 days…there goes our spring in the blink of an eye!

The flowers are blooming, the bees are buzzing, the flying ants have hatched and as I type, I have my first Gin and Tonic of the season by my hand –  complete with lemon from my own tree. I gave the garden a quick drink too…my small display of spring blossoms were looking a bit hot and bothered and in need of a pick up too.  It’s 5pm and the windows are still open, bringing a light freshness to the house after being closed up for most of the winter.

Believe me, I cannot and will not ever complain about winter in Perth…it’s generally mild and meek compared to how most people around the world experience winter.  I own two coats…I’ve worn one…once… this whole winter!! Even though I LOVE winter –  the fashion, my jeans, boots, open fires and comfort food,  my thoughts have turned to all that I love about summer in the West.

BBQ’s, salads, sunshine; flip-flops and painted toenails; Frangipani, Hibiscus and Jacaranda; Lemon’s and Lime’s from the garden…Mojito’s on the back of the boat at Rottnest.

The kids have beach love…hot sand, cool water, colourful bathers, floppy hats and big sunglasses; the bright orange and yellow of a summer sunset….We don’t love so much the sunburn, big waves and sharks!  Yikes!

I painted ‘Beach Love’ from a photo I took at the tail end of the last summer holidays.  A sunset picnic at the beach, with a cooling afternoon sea breeze blowing away the intense heat of the day. We had been busy getting organised for school.  Running around, collecting books and stationary; buying uniforms and lunch boxes and  oversized school shoes.  8 weeks of summer relaxing was drawing to a close and the beach was the perfect place to celebrate the time we had and the year that was to be.

I hope you like ‘Beach Love’…It’s my 7th beach themed painting, as you can tell, the beach is a big part of our lives here in Perth.  I am sure there will be many more beachy paintings to come!!

Mia x

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5 thoughts on “Beach Love

  1. Wow Mia this is an awesome painting! I love the position of the girl and the drawing of the heart. Great job! I see your water mark and plan to do this to all mu on line art!

    • Thank you June…went through my whole online gallery about 3 weeks ago and watermarked. It was bothering me that I didn’t have it done. Glad I did after reading your blog last week! Glad you like this painting..I loved your hibiscus the other day..we get that colour here in Oz.

  2. On first glance, I thought your painting was a photograph! Just goes to show what a great job you did. Being from southern California, I also have a deep love for beaches. 🙂 And glad you’ve added the watermark, there’s too much online thievery that goes on so it’s always good to try and prevent more from happening.

    • Thanks for your comments Lillian…southern California – yep, definitely a beach girl!! Sad that watermarking has become so important, but there are some real rascals out there as June knows. Mia

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