Medium: Watercolor; Image Size: 17.5″h x 23.5″w; 2009
I love the monolithic sea stacks at Bandon Beach, Oregon. I happened to be in Bandon one winter afternoon at low, low tide, and it was fun wandering between the sea stacks. This was an interesting slice of some of them with the typical Oregon coast houses in the background. Sea stacks have interesting shapes, textures, and colors. I wanted to capture that moment of awe and rapture I felt when I came upon this section of massive, weather worn rock monoliths. In this painting the monoliths are the focal point. The big one is offset by the two smaller ones, but the open space between them allows the viewer to go further back and engage in the geometric shapes of the houses which are such a contrast to the random shapes and textures of the monoliths. I experimented with an energetic brush style, where things fall apart up close but look descriptive from a distance. As for the energetic style, I kept doing multiple washes with loose, energetic brushwork. As the layers built up the rocks got more sense of depth and the brushwork blended into the illusion of eroded textures.
This painting was juried into the Watercolor Society of Oregon’s 45th Annual Aqueous Media Exhibition 2010, It won an Award of Distinction and went on statewide tour.
This painting is FRAMED, with double matted, and under glass. Frame outside measurements is approximately 25 1/4″h x 27 7/8″w x 1 1/2″d. Top matt white, second matt Colbalt blue, glass is non-glare.