Wizard’s Hat rock formation is a favorite subject for my paintings. It sits at the edge of the ocean where high tides surge around it and low tides expose it.
Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint is a great place to watch storm clouds and king tides. The sun tried to break through the clouds, casting a silvery-coppery light on the scene.
Wizard rock is a favorite subject for my paintings. It changes shape depending on viewpoint. It sits at the edge of the ocean where high tides surge up its base and low tides expose it. And, it is located in Bandon where the coastal mist frequently cloaks it in lavender/blues.
20″ x 16″
The ocean waves roll between the rock formations in the ongoing creation of new froth and sand patterns.
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.
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.
The sea water becomes a shape shifter as it hits the rocks, tangles with the kelp and bulges up as it finds an inlet.
Painting water fascinates me as does painting what the retreating tide leaves behind. A new little pond and dark sand ripples were left for us to find on this misty morning.
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.
The retreating tide carved a deep green pool behind the rocks and surrounded it with intricate patterns in the sand.