Friday, January 21, 2011

Montara Waves Study, 9 x 12, oil on panel

Contrast in life can be a good thing. Yesterday for example, I got on a plane in sunny San Francisco and returned to the frozen tundra of Western Pennsylvania. It was a great a week of painting the Bay Area and it was quite startling to feel the cold again. I did  a lot of work while there – mid-century architecture in Daly City, coastal seascapes, the Golden Gate Park and Bridge. The painting above was done on the Montara coast near Moss Beach. The strong winds and crashing waves made this painting a real challenge. I'm showing this image because contrast was the idea for it:  light against dark, soft against hard, and movement against the unmovable.

4 comments:

  1. Nice painting! It's good to know that there are warm places with no snow.

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  2. I need a beach vacation! thanks, Ron!

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  3. so nice reading your blog-I feel like I know you! I like this>movement against the unmovable
    the profound,yet now made obvious! the ocean, always lower than the rivers...

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  4. Last June, George and I rented a car and drove from the Bay area where our daughter, son-in-law, and new grandson live, down the coast highway along Big Sur to Oceanside in southern California, where my mother lives. It took us twice as long as it could have because we had to pull over and enjoy the view so many times. Your painting brought some of that sun and sunshine memory back to me on this gloomy April day. Thanks!

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