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.

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.

Watery Pastels 2

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Watery Pastels 2, 20″ x 16″

This view is from the cliffs at Coquille Point in Bandon, Oregon, looking down at the beach rocks as the tide comes in to submerge them. The elevated view flattens the waves somewhat and paints the ocean in pastel colors reflected from the layers of mist and clouds.

This encaustic was originally painted in March of 2018.  I recently reworked it and took a better photo of it.  Below is the previous version.

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Watery Pastels, 20″ x 16″

High Surf

High_Surf

12″ x 12″

The fall and winter storms at sea cause high surf and crashing waves against the huge rocks on the Oregon coast. This view is at Coquille Point where the waves crash around, between and sometimes even over the monolithic rock formations. For me this is perfect encaustic subject matter.

Beach Girl

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20″ x 16″  Beach Girl, encaustic on encausticbord

I first painted this “Little Beach Girl” in 2013 in watercolor. I wanted to do it again in encaustics to better capture the wet reflections and sparkle of a tiny girl walking on the wet sand as the tide pulls out. As in the first painting, the shadows and reflections allude to what is outside of the picture frame. They both have the dark shadow of one of the monolithic rocks at Bandon, Oregon.

Little_Beach_Girl

13″ x 10″  Little Beach Girl, watercolor on Yupo paper

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.

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″

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Watery Ripples, 20″ x 16″   sold