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.
Coastal light featured at Pacific Park Gallery
Tranquility has settled into Pacific Park Gallery, 1957 Thompson Rd., with the art of Pat Cink, Paula Reis and Pat Snyder. Each artist brings their own spirit to their work through the use of different media, yet the emotional statement is drawn from tranquility of Oregon’s iconic coastline and the harvest of its pure air, water and unique light.
Patricia J. Cink is featured in the Salon and Atrium spaces with more than 30 watercolor on Yupo and soft pastel paintings. The Bandon artist is a transplant from the Midwest where she developed her technical skills that have combined with her inner struggle for tranquility to explore coastal light playing with the rocky shores, dancing around still life paintings and inviting the viewer into area parks. The works represent the Coast from Brookings to Florence.
For more information about Pacific Park Gallery and a slide show of the gallery paintings, go to http://onemorereasontosmile.com/pat-cink-ron-carol-miranda-and-pat-snyder-september-2013/.
The colors at Simpson Beach seem more intense than at other nearby Oregon beaches. The concretions and flat stones that extend out into the bay are covered with bright green seaweed. The pale pink sand is made mostly of tiny smooth sea shell pieces. Then, the high tide sends a transparent wash over this wonderful place swirling the colors into a lovely painting.
This is a soft pastel painting of a real place. It is part of the southern wall of Simpson Beach at Shore Acres State Park near Charleston, Oregon. Being there triggers my magical thinking of a giant sea creature slowly being washed out of the soft siltstone. The official explanation of these stone formations is that they are concretions. A concretion is a calcite deposit which formed around a seashell fragment or other object in the sand. This does not explain the regular spacing, nor how the cylindrical shaped stones jutting out of the cliff line up with the stones on the ground. To add to the magic of this scene, the small stream created the little ledges in the sand and the sun filtered over the cliff to light the stones with drama. Maybe the dull sounding word like “concretions” is used to purposely keep the crowds away. We often have this beach to ourselves when we visit.
This is the fifth in the Bandon Sunset series with rock formations. I rarely discuss composition, but this painting breaks the rules and works nicely anyway. My reference photo had the sun and the big rock close to center which is usually a big no-no.Then the dark incoming ocean wave slices the painting in the middle horizontally, another no-no. But the play of the sunlight and dark clouds make the composition work by bringing the focus to the distant Face Rock Kit Rocks, back lighting them and making them the center of attention.
This was painted plein air at Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area & Horsfall Beach just North of Coos Bay/North Bend. This 40 mile expanse of sand dunes, formed by the ancient forces of wind, water and time is like no other place. It is the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America. There is a large parking lot here providing a staging area for off road vehicles to prepare to mount the sand dunes. Delightfully, there are also clear shallow lakes with tree islands casting their orange shadows into the water.