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Pacific Shores

by Caroline , June 12, 2008—12:00 AM

Topics: inspiration, making art, mood, perspective, sea scape, watercolor

A comorant watches the surf from a rock near shore, while the eye can just make out a seal on a more distant rock formation. Further out at sea a fishing boat and sailing craft ply the waters. In the far distant a cape of land juts out and a fog bank lies ont the far horizon. Blues, grays, and browns dominate. The image is 11" by 14" and will be shipped matted for a 16" by 20" frame.

This is one of those paintings I've had around for a while because I like the way the sea fades from that deep blue into the fog, I like the limited palette, and it reminds me of one of my favorite stretches of coastline. The interaction of sea and shore, the way light plays in the ever varying transitions from clear, bright sun to fog or blustery storm, is always a source of inspiration for painting or poetry. This is very near the cliffs and churning seas that inspired the poetry of Robinson Jeffers from his Carmel home. He spoke of this same Pacific Ocean in "The Eye" thus--

"Here from this mountain shore, headland beyond stormy headland plunging like dolphins through the blue sea-smoke Into pale sea--look west at the hill of water: it is half the planet" If you haven't read Jeffers and you have an interest in the great eternal dialog concerning whild and rugged places which is found in the world's literature and art, check him out.



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