The Maine coast is a few miles from my house. I recently realized how much time I’ve spent near the ocean… walking on the beach, along the rocks or up the York River walk. Often, I would go for a walk every day after work. Before dinner was the time for my husband and I to get out of the office or studio for some fresh air and exercise.
During those walks I looked at the land, sea and sky. Not with focused concentration but enough observation to notice changes in mood and light every day… and the colors of things…
Sea Foam, Pen & watercolor. 6×8 on 80 lb. sketch paper.
When I started to sketch waves in en plein air I realized how much I was really observing those days I was walking. I know much more about a wave and what it does than I thought I knew. When I set up in a spot to paint them, they were familiar!
Marginal Way Rocks, Oil on panel 5×7
And when there is big surf I know just how connected it is to the recent weather that just blew through or is off shore…
Looking Toward Ogunquit, Oil on panel 8×10