Below is some inspiration I grabbed from the net. These are two of my favorite painters - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida and William Merritt Chase.
Sorrola is a master with light and wet. I feel the sunlight is these beach paintings. Just gorgeous stuff! I see a lot of John Singer Sargent in his work. I'll never paint like this but they are always great to look at. Long live the impressionist.
William Merritt Chase
This painting is in the Brooklyn Musseum. I need
to check it out again. it's been a while...