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.
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.