Some beach scenes are archetypal...they are repeated time and time again and hold a sweet place in our memory banks. This painting was done many many years after my son and dear friend patiently dripped oodles of sand ribbons into piles of magic. I think that these castles require patience as well as deferred gratification as compared to those using molds. The sand::water ratio must be just right. I spent some sweet hours recently recreating a castle of my own. As it dried, the sparkling grains stimulate a sense of wonder. Further drying creates small holes almost uniformly throughout, adding to their mystique.
I think that many life lessons are inherent in their creation. Cook yourself up a bit of magic...try one.