A Day at the Beach

Hi Friends,

Amy didn’t like the neutral paintings I did for you last week. She said they were too dark and felt heavy.

It turns out what she meant when she suggested I do some paintings in neutral colors was shades of white, camel, cream, sand and beige, for a California beach look which she says is popular in interior design right now. Art that is calming and uplifting.

It makes me think of of Mary Corse’s white-on-white paintings with sparkly glass microsphere beads in the paint. I’ve seen these paintings in person, and they’re amazing.

Mary Corse white-on-white painting

I had some doubts about my ability to create a light neutral-toned painting that looks good, but what the heck! I’ll give it a try. It’s interesting to try new things that may or may not work out.

Then I wondered if I even had any paints in these colors. I managed to rustle up a few sands and creams for this experiment, and a beautiful metallic rose-tinted beige.

So here it is! California beach look in sand-colored neutrals.

Cassandra Tondro, "Sandstone," beach look painting

“Sandstone,” 18″ x 18″, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

Cassandra Tondro, "By the Sea," beach look painting

“By the Sea,” 18″ x 18″, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

Available for purchase by clicking on the images.

What’s your favorite light and airy color scheme? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please share them with us in the comments section below.

I think we deserve a day at the beach. Let’s go! I’ll meet you there.

With love and appreciation,



  1. Paint colors are just ok, does not remind me of the Cali. beaches I have been to while living there. Cassandra I mean this in the most positive way – branch out and paint. I know you have the talent and you are repeating painting after painting. The only thing that changes are the colors. Some times I pour a painting like you do and then I’ll go ahead and create several area’s within the painting while also adding texture. Branch out as everyone is pouring paint now days. My own mother did this back in the day and she has been gone since the early 1970’s. Can’t wait to see what you create!

    1. Thanks for your thoughts, Jane. I’d love to see your work. Do you you have a website?

      I do other types of paintings as well, but these are my most popular, and these are the ones that sell. You can see my grounding paintings here:


      And one of my Zen paintings here:


      It’s a dilemma for artists, and one that I’ve talked about in my newsletter — making art that sells versus making art for myself. I’m not in a position to do whatever I want at the moment, but I’d like to be in that position! Maybe you know people who will buy my other work and allow me to do more of it?!!

      1. Hi, No web site, but will be happy to share some of my art with you. I am about to leave for a meeting however I will forward some pic’s to you this evening. Have a great day!

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