‘Building Castles’ is a prime example of Sharp’s happy pictures. In the composition we can see a child methodically building their sandcastle, while other children play behind them. Sharp believed colour to be as important as form in the creation of a work and painted quickly with a heavily loaded brush. These ideas and techniques were learnt in Paris where she became influenced by the Impressionists, particularly by Monet. These concepts are perfectly executed in this beautiful painting where Sharp’s thick application of paint and use of exuberant colour palette highlights the bright sea and rocky foreshore. The bright light in this charming painting further reflects her Impressionist teachings. Her pictures have a fresh colour scheme, sense of movement and warmth that fit perfectly with her subjects. In the same way, her mastery of the impressionistic style imbues her canvases with an almost dream-like sentimentality.
DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 14 x 18 inches / 35.6 x 45.7 cms
SIGNATURE: Signed lower left
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas