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Pond Grass

13 Nov

Pond_Grass

11″ x 14″

At Devil’s Kitchen in Bandon, Oregon, Johnson Creek flows across the beach and out to the ocean. The tides and blowing sand from the dunes are continually rearranging this stream. The painting captures grass that has grown on the edge of a little pond area with the gently rippling stream passing by.

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Elk River Mist

12 Nov

Elk_River_Mist

13″ x 19″

The coastal mist muted the colors of the fall trees and provided the day’s challenge to painting plein air. The moist air made the watercolor dry super slowly.  Finally the paint out ended abruptly when the mist turned to drizzly rain, which made fine splatters all over the painting. It was salvaged at home, working from photos and memories of that misty day.

Cabin Porch

12 Sep

Cabin_Porch

The building’s angles are softened by the tree and porch beam shadows. While painting this plein air, I was delighted at the realization that I could see through the window to the window around the corner with a hint of the sun on the porch there.

Concrete Fence

12 Sep

Concrete_Fence

This guest house along the Coquille River is surrounded by a concrete fence recovered from old Oregon bridge railings. The repetitive fence arches sit well against the repeating rectangle shapes of the Bamboo foliage, house and porch.

Ferry Creek Trees

25 Aug

Ferry_Creek_Trees

In the very early spring, the trees are white and gray etchings against the greening grasses and shadowed hills.

Coos Bay View

23 Aug

Coos_Bay_View

This is a view of Coos Bay from a hill across the bay from the city. The low tide was apparent with the muddy inlet which filled with water during the two hour painting session. I love how the mud patterns record the tidal ebb and flow from the ocean. The watery textures are fun to paint with watercolor on Yupo paper.

Bending Tree

23 Aug

Bending_Tree

This little tree seemed to bend and stretch to catch the warm sunlight which filtered past the big trees.