Tag Archives: nature

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.

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.

Stone Bridge

23 Aug

Stone_Bridge

This was painted plein air at Mingus Park in Coos Bay, Oregon. I have altered the stone supported culvert into a stone bridge, but kept the lovely landscaping with iris and skunk cabbage along the stream. The smoothness of the stream contrasts with all of the textures of the stone and plants.

Beaver Hill Ferns

21 Aug

Beaver_Hill_Ferns

Ferns have an elegant shape, turning almost white catching the sun. This bunch once grew under the tall pines on Beaver Hill. Since the clear cut logging, they share their space with grass and wait for the new trees to grow tall.