Cliff House

12″ x 12″

Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint is a great place to watch the king tides roll in to touch the cliffs. I love how working in encaustics allows me to replicate the ocean’s flow over the beach. I did the under painting in layers of purple and orange for the sand. Then the water was done by melting clear encaustic medium with a little opaque titanium white. The white gathered at the edge of the flow to create the frothy waves and added a slight three dimensional effect.

Kitten Pond

20″ x 16″

This is a familiar place on Bandon’s beach with Face Rock and the Kitten Rocks in the background. However, the foreground was transformed by bright sunlight shining through a soft mist onto a newly carved out beach pond.

Crescent City Rocks

20″ x 16″

I have begun to go back and rework some of my less successful encaustics into new paintings. With this painting I started with an already heavy dark background and carved out the lighter areas for the ocean waves to streak across the painting. The result is a contrast of solid dark rocks with light foamy water and mist.

Rock Pool 2

Rock_Pool_2

12″ x 12″

The lovely tide pool contrasted nicely with the soft waves and morning mist beyond the rocks. This is the second in the “Rock Pool” series. It was done from a reference photo at a slightly different angle which caught Coquille Point and Elephant Rock in the coastal mist on the horizon.

Mountain Wave

Mountain_Wave

20″ x 16″

There is a place on the Coquille River jetty which is perfect for watching the king tide waves roll in. The waves rise like mountains right before they break and crash.  I find myself using titanium white more sparingly and using the transparent beeswax/damar resin medium for the lighter areas.

Chrysoprase Wave

Chrysoprase_Wave

12″ x 12″

This painting is named after a chrysoprase stone which is a translucent light green-aqua-turquoise color similar to this sunlit wave. The winter king tides have been stirring up lots of thick froth to watch, photograph and then try to paint.

Mapua Waters 2

Mapua_Waters_2

16″ x 12″ Mapua Waters 2

Water flowing over rocks is fascinating to watch. I repainted my Mapua Waters to put the focus more on the flowing water and less on the rocks beneath.  Below is the first painting.

Mapua_Waters

16″ x 12″  Mapua Waters