Bulls Island NC as my reference. Barrier Islands like this one are constantly changing. The currents and waves push and pull the sand on the beaches, constantly reshaping them. Northern ends of the barrier island on the Atlantic coast looses sand, while their southern end gains sand. On Bull Island the erosion of the send on the north end in the past few years has been extreme. Old forests of oak, pine and palms have been left stranded on the beach where they die. In this boneyard the bleached and worn skeletons cast eerie silhouettes against the sky and water. A beautiful but sad reminder of the how fragile life is.
The larger painting uses the same colors, but I darkened the sky and water, lightened the tree's shadow and added added more brown to the tree. These changes shift the viewers focus to the tree skeleton.