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

Cathedral Glow

Cathedral_Glow

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.

Orb

Orb_2

20″ x 16″   sold

For this painting, I used a reference photo of a rusty plaque found on the beach that was lit up in the setting sun. I liked the glowing yellow/orange beneath the textured rust and corrosive blues. The painting took on an underwater seascape look as it developed.

Agitated Sea

Agitated_Sea

6″ x 6″   sold

This smaller, 6″x6″ painting is done with encaustic and oil pastels on watercolor paper. It started as a way to use up excess materials as I painted larger pieces, but it shortly took on a life of its own. It amazes me how many interesting painting effects can happen in such a small space with encaustics.

Wizard’s Hat

Wizards_Hat

16″ x 20″   sold

Sea and light splashed around the Wizard’s Hat repeating the stone’s triangular shape on the beach.  The Wizard’s Hat is a frequently photographed rock formation in Bandon, Oregon, and the ever changing coastal light and tides make each image unique.  Encaustic was a great medium to capture the seemingly liquid light as well as the dark textures of the rocks and beach.