Tidal Cove

Tidal_Cove

12″ x 12″

The Coquille Point rock formations soften the tides as they spill around the rocks to form ever changing ripply pools. With this painting, in addition to layering and scraping, a heat pen was used to capture the reflective water patterns.

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Three Waves

Three_Waves

12″ x 12″   sold

I am endlessly fascinated by the repeating waves against the rocks as well as the froth patterns on the beach. Here a light coastal mist adds softness to the scene.

Coquille Point Ripples

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Coquille Point Ripples, 24″ x 18″

Coquille Point is one of Bandon, Oregon’s fantastic treasures and is an area which has inspired many of my paintings.  A previous pastel, “Coquille Point Inlet”, uses the same background rock formations as this encaustic.  Another encaustic, “Watery Ripples,” was done from a view just around the big rock on the right in this painting.

In “Coquille Point Ripples,” I focused on the gentle water ripples flowing between the rocks at mid tide. The sunny day made for lovely colors in the water.

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Coquille Point Inlet,  12″ x 9″

Watery_Ripples

Watery Ripples, 20″ x 16″   sold

 

Orange Glow Elephant

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Orange Glow Elephant, 6″ x 6″  sold

The setting sun cast an orange glow around and through Elephant Rock.  This is the third time I have painted Elephant Rock at sunset.  The first was a watercolor, “Elephant Sun.” The second was an encaustic collage, “Elephant Rock Sunset.”  Even with the sunset and Elephant Rock static, the tide and the painting approach make for very different paintings.

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Elephant Sun,  8″ x 10″   sold

 

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Elephant Rock Sunset,  12″ x 12″  sold

Tide Pool Flow

Tide_Pool_Flow

20″ x 16″   sold

This is a larger,  more detailed tide pool painting than “Tide Pool Collage” done last month.  Printed and stained tissue papers were embedded in the wax to create the texture and color of encrusted rocks and anemones. This contrasts with the smooth, translucent encaustic water effects of the tide pool’s depth and flow.

 

Sand Patterns

Sand_Patterns

24″ x 18″

A minus tide in the early morning as the mists are just clearing makes for one of the best beach walks. Interesting sand patterns were created as the ocean withdrew during an extreme low tide. This made for an encaustic challenge of painting, scraping and layering translucent wax to try to capture what the ocean had done so well.

 

Cathedral Glow

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12″ x 12″   sold

Sunsets are amazing in Bandon, Oregon, with the light and ocean waves flowing around the distinctive rock formations. The clouds shape the painting’s composition and colors. Encaustic is a great medium for capturing the glow of light in the atmosphere and water.