Cape Arago’s unusual rocky land structure with its many coves, inlets and rock formations gives a painterly setting for the lighthouse. A light fog bank approaches to color the scene.
“LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT” Art works to celebrate the joys of life
Southern Coos Hospital & Health Center –Sunday April 13th – June 30. 2014
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.
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.
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.