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King Tide

5 Jan


16″ x 22″

The dramatic king tide covers the beach and crashes against the rocks and cliff at Coquille Point in Bandon. This painting, originally painted in 2016, was reworked to decrease the size of the foreground rock and make the incoming wave more dramatic.  I like working in media that allow me to rework a painting, sometimes years later, to bring it to a better finish.  Here, the UART sanded paper was very receptive to brushing off color and adding more layers of soft pastel.


Bandon Sunset 5

28 Jul


18″ x 12″


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.