The Mediterranean coastline of Israel is dotted with beguiling beaches and promenades. These two friends, schmoozing on a bench, were relaxed, dignified and happy to be where they were. I decided to capture them in soft, warm tones, with subtle transitions of purple browns within the shadows. The shapes and tones of these shadows contrast with the vivid blue expanse of the sea and startling white patterns of light around the boats. When I paint, I often seek an entertaining element, and I found it this time in the ladies' hats and feet.