The Beach on Long Island by Barbara Sparhawk

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Oil Painting, on canvas board
Sun and sand and romance for Brooklynites. And one man I actually had a long if tempestuous relationship with. We loved and warred with equal passion, and this was a magical day which I still remember fondly. God he was so good-looking. And he could cook! I thought he shot the moon. Or hung the moon. Whichever it is, that feeling that girls get when they’re head over tea-kettle.
I paint a lot of experiences that have a profound effect on me. Sometimes they hustle inside my brain for years before I get to it, but eventually it all pours out. This, I believe I painted right in the middle of all the fine emotional uproar going on. How time passes.


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  • David Harris
    David Harrisabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful Barbara.

  • Thank you so much, David. Your comments always mean so much to me.

    – Barbara Sparhawk

  • SandeElkins
    SandeElkinsabout 6 years ago

    No one paints with more emotion or has the ability to tell a story through their canvas than you! Why aren’t you world famous, my friend? That makes no sense to me because you and your work are both gorgeous and amazing!

  • My good buddy, thanks for this. I’m developing the dreadful feeling that I’ll be incredibly famous when I’m dead. Ah well. I’m having fun.

    – Barbara Sparhawk

  • whisperingruth
    whisperingruthabout 6 years ago

    I don’t have enough words to express how much I love this work Barbara………..xxoo

  • So funny, the stuff I hesitate about showing. This among them because it’s personal but there’s a dopey thought, it all is and none of it’s good unless it is. Ruth, thank you.
    I used a real light wash with the pigment, the whole experience was kind of dreamy. If memory serves, we were really falling in love and that day was a kind of clincher. We had not been together long enough to cause each other trouble, that came later, but damn that day on the beach was special and I’ll never forget it.

    – Barbara Sparhawk

  • Antanas
    Antanasabout 6 years ago


  • EnVee
    EnVeeabout 6 years ago

    a beautiful depiction of a beautiful memory :) well done, truly artistic

  • Many thanks, Nancy. I must say, I’m glad for my historical recordings and recommend it. The content of some chosen moment makes me feel good about it years later.

    – Barbara Sparhawk

  • Nikolay Semyonov
    Nikolay Semyonovabout 6 years ago

    reminds me of 1995 amd St.John’s beach. good memories, who are we without them? impressive work and carefree feel, Barbara.

  • Thank you, Nikolai. Here’s to your 1995! It’s lovely that we all have such beach memories and the painting was that kind of trigger for my heart, too.

    – Barbara Sparhawk

  • Shree
    Shreeabout 6 years ago

    Your idea of painting one of your memorable moment had truned out great with all its fadded daizy kind of effect to give a touch of a priceless memories….every painting or every comment of yours is worth reading and thats why i usually read & feel your every comment…true writer & a true artist..

  • That is so very touching, Shree. Many thanks for all you said here about this and my other work.

    – Barbara Sparhawk

  • Louise Cooke
    Louise Cookeabout 6 years ago

    Shree has said it perfectly…exactly how I feel. Your blissful memories of this day are so evident to the viewer…you couldn’t read it any other way.

  • Thanks dear Louise. That means a lot to me.

    – Barbara Sparhawk

  • Paul Quixote Alleyne
    Paul Quixote A...about 6 years ago

    Excellent work, Barbara. You talent shines thru.

  • Thank you, Paul! Nice to see you here, hope all’s well. Haven’t been on much lately, too much life getting in the way. Will visit your site soon.

    – Barbara Sparhawk

    SNAPPYDAVEabout 6 years ago

    lovely work

  • Thanks so much, SNAPPYDAVE.

    – Barbara Sparhawk

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