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.

Crescent City Rocks

20″ x 16″

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.

Mountain Wave

Mountain_Wave

20″ x 16″

There is a place on the Coquille River jetty which is perfect for watching the king tide waves roll in. The waves rise like mountains right before they break and crash.  I find myself using titanium white more sparingly and using the transparent beeswax/damar resin medium for the lighter areas.

Watery Slice 2

Watery_Slice_2

16″ x 12″  Watery Slice 2

Moving water is often confusing with the reflections, distortions and transparencies. I reworked this to simplify the wave’s motion to make a more interesting composition.  Below is what it looked like when first painted November, 2018.

Watery_Slice

16″ x 12″  Watery Slice

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″