Tag Archives: ocean waves

New Paintings via Cropping

22 Mar

One of the advantages of painting with watercolor on Yupo paper is that the paper can be cut down and reframed for a better composition or to refocus on the best part of a painting.  Every once in a while I go through my stored away paintings to see which ones could be made better by cropping.  These four are my newly created paintings from cropped old ones.


Mermaid Door



Tide Pool



Splash 1



Lauritzen Secret Garden Daffodils


Mermaid Door

24 Jul


“Mermaid Door,” the top image, is a reworked watercolor of the bottom image, “Cathedral Rock Window.  My original focus was the nine foot high tide swirling around and through Cathedral Rock. It now has light as well as the sea gushing out the door and the mermaid rock is more defined.

South Jetty Splash

23 Jul


The South Jetty in Bandon, Oregon is a great place to watch the waves roll in and splash against the rocks. This watercolor is a composite of photos and memories from time spent mesmerized by the ocean’s action.

Shore Acres

30 Jan


There were multiple high tide warnings recently due to incoming storms.  These storm tides made for some excellent photo opportunities.  Shore Acres was the perfect place to watch the ocean swells and huge waves as they crashed into the cliffs, and to think about imitating the action with watercolor on Yupo.

Storm Tide Shore Acres

30 Dec

Storm_Tide_Shore_AcresThe light breaks through to strike the ocean swells before they smash against the rocky cliffs at Shore Acres.  The high tide warnings gave us time to get to some good viewing areas to see the huge waves.  Although I captured many reference photos of the incredible splashes against the cliffs, this painting holds more drama as the huge wave is anticipated.

Lavender and Gold Sea

14 Aug



Bandon sunsets offer an unending variety of colors, shapes and textures.  The lavender and gold sunset filtered through the clouds, ocean spray and rocks to crystallize on the waves and wet sand.  This watercolor on Yupo painting was started as a demonstration painting at Second Street Gallery’s “Meet and Greet the Artist” a few weeks ago.


Green Wave

31 Jul



The long straight shoreline at Bullards Beach is usually less interesting than Bandon’s other beaches, but it is a great place to focus on the incoming waves.  The waves on this day were playing with a line of tiny creamy pink shells.  These shells seemed to reflect the light up through the wave making some lovely colors for me to paint.