Watercolors: From Sea to Shining Sea.
Sad as this may seem, I just don’t really have anything clever or funny to say today. (...quiet, Kelly !) I think I just need to re-charge my Smart-Ass batteries for a few days.
Anyway, it’s been a while since I’ve posted some artwork. So why not right now?
Today’s theme today is the ocean. I have two seascapes, showing opposite sides of the continent.
This first one is the Atlantic coast of New Hampshire. (Yes! N.H. has a tiny coastline…something I tend to keep forgetting.)
This was a late-winter scene from a few years back. Normally, that time of year, I’d have been off skiing somewhere. But I had a torn ACL at the time, and most physical activities were still off-limits. I was bored out of my skull, and decided to do a road-trip from Ottawa to the New England coast for the weekend, to see what I could find.
From the painting, you’d think New Hampshire has a pristine, untamed coast. But what this scene doesn’t show is what’s behind it…the myriad hotels, antique stores, fast-food joints, beachfront houses, go-cart tracks, roller coasters, souvenir shops, and places where you can buy fried dough. With the exception of a few State Parks, pretty much every square foot of the Atlantic coast from Portland to Cape Cod has been claimed and/or developed in some way or another.
Fortunately, all those places were closed and empty when I was there. It was like a ghost town. That’s why I always like to see these places off-season. You get to appreciate the seashore as it is…without the Touron crowds.
The second scene is the Pacific Coast in Northern Oregon. This was mid-July, and it was a typical West-Coast damp, drizzly day.
But the beach was hauntingly beautiful, and I took a lot of photos. This day was a gold-mine for inspiring a lot artwork. This painting is just one of several that I plan to do.
What a contrast from the East Coast! The beach was mostly deserted. Consisting of jagged rocks and black sand, and surrounded by coniferous forest, it had a raw, untamed aspect to it. One can still get a sense of what Lewis and Clark must have felt when they first laid eyes on the Pacific.
Much of the entire Oregon coast is left untouched like this. I don’t think I saw a single Ferris wheel. And that’s a GOOD thing.
Coincidentally, I also drove here. I was out of work at the time, and the job market had slowed down for the summer. I decided to take some time off, and do another road-trip.
(Though this second road-trip took slightly longer…!)Explore posts in the same categories: Friar's Artwork comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.