Wizard and Friend

Wizard_and_Friend

12″ x 12″

The late afternoon sunlight lit up the waves as they passed by Bandon’s Wizard’s Hat and its big companion rock. I love catching the ocean swells before they break and turn to froth.

Watery Pastels 2

Watery_Pastels_2

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.

Watery_Pastels

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

Beach_Girl

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.

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

coquille_point_ripples

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.

Coquille_Point_Inlet

Coquille Point Inlet,  12″ x 9″

Watery_Ripples

Watery Ripples, 20″ x 16″   sold

 

Orange Glow Elephant

Orange_Glow_Elephant

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.

Elephant_Sun

Elephant Sun,  8″ x 10″   sold

 

Elephant_Rock_Sunset

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.