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Cliff Gorse

14 May


18″ x 12″


Our Bandon beach walks take us past this crescent shaped chamber created by the rock formations stretching out into the sand.  It is a nice respite on those windy days.  Spring brought vivid yellow blooms to the gorse clinging to the rock and set off the muted colors of the rest of the scene.


Seven Devils Cliff

26 Apr


12″ x 9″

This was painted plein air at the cliff at Seven Devil State Recreation Site near Bandon, Oregon.  The gorse on the cliff was striking with its yellow blooms even in the slight ocean haze.  Painting plein air gives me a chance to feel the atmosphere as it works its way into the painting.

People in Bandon hate gorse.  It was introduced by Lord Bennett, one of the city’s founders to stabilize the sand.  It does that well, but it also is a horrible thorny weed that is very oily and combustible.  It was a major contributor to the 1936 fire that destroyed most of the city of Bandon, Oregon.