Tag Archives: Shore Acres State Park

Gray Pond

24 Oct


Gray Pond, 18″ x 12″

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.



Shore Acres Pond, 18″ x 12″


Shore Acres Fog

23 Oct


12″ x 9″


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.

Simpson Beach

2 Sep


24″ x 18″

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.

Giant Rib Cage Stones

28 Aug


24″ x 18″


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.

Shore Acres Pond

7 Jun


18″ x 12″


Beyond Shore Acres State Park’s formal gardens lies the Japanese style gardens and lily pond.   It was windy and chilly spring day when I visited Shore Acres to paint.  The pond, which was set low and protected from the wind, seemed to be in another world, even though the ocean waves could be heard crashing against the cliff yards away.  My awareness of the agitation of the surrounding environment appears reflected in this painting of a still pool.