It is amazing how little wisps of fog can change a scene by hiding huge structures and throwing light and color around. As we were walking Bandon’s beach at sunset, the fog moved across the Kittens and then Face Rock, changing the colors of the sunset and beach reflections. The feeding gulls remained a constant, anchoring the scene.
Cathedral Rock is a massive haystack formation at the base of Face Rock Lookout in Bandon, Oregon. It is hollow with window and door openings. The cave can be explored at low tide. This day there was a king tide with the ocean gushing through the cathedral, almost covering the beach and leaving lacy froth as the waves receded. The clouds mimicked the pattern of the lace on the beach. Cathedral Rock has previously been the subject of two of my watercolor paintings, Cathedral Rock Window and Cathedral Rock High Tide. In this painting the pastels worked well to capture the lacy patterns of the scene.
Cathedral Rock Window Cathedral Rock High Tide
The yellow gold of evening light in autumn changes the colors of those things that it touches as well as the shadows. I painted this valley last October plein air, mid-day and was discouraged when the interesting clouds turned to rain and dulled the colors of the scene. I repainted it recently changing the sky to yellow, suggesting higher mountains and let that set the tone for adjustments to the rest of the painting.
This view of Crescent City’s lighthouse is from the north at the lookout at Brother Jonathan Park. The mountains and strips of fog seem to surround Battery Point Island in a crescent, protecting the lighthouse as the ocean waves batter the rocks.
Sometimes things just line up. Here we have sea stack rock
formations, setting sun, clouds, ocean waves and mist all in
the right place. As I spend many evenings walking on the
beach, I am gaining some appreciation for those ancient people
who built Stonehenge. This was painted from reference photos
that were taken October 1st. Now in December, the sun is
setting much to the left, or more south.
I am finding that soft pastels work well for capturing the
blues, yellows and oranges of a sunset without mixing and
making the sky green and gray.
This is the same oriental pond as in “Shore Acres Pond,” but painted in the fall rather than the spring and on a foggy day this time. The pond is like a good sculpture, pleasant to view from all angles. This painting focuses on the grayed lavenders and greens to capture the mood of the day.
This was painted plein air at Shore Acres State Park. The sun was illuminating the churning sea when a fog bank rolled rapidly toward me. The horizon and the rock formations blurred and disappeared as the fog advanced. I finished the painting with sunlight hitting the advancing fog.