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15" x 20", oil on illustration board

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Beginning in 1956 Safran started to sketch the boatyards, houses and beaches of Rockaway and Jamaica Bay in New York. The idea of painting in the open was to teach him to lay down color quickly and work in a free way under changing circumstances. Painting ex temporare at the beach means often having the wind blow your easel over or spray you and your work with sand and seaweed.