Saturday, March 06, 2010

"California Coast" - SOLD


The long and short of this recent camping trip: I forgot my mineral spirits. So I didn't paint a lick. But, it turned out to be just what I needed. An enforced break. I was so happy my husband said "can you do it on purpose next time?"
The day I painted the above coast landscape was right after the Chile earthquake, when they were warning of huge waves all over, including CA. I was just about to paint on some rocks close to the water when the police showed up and shooed me away. Probably for the best. I ended up painting high up on a cliff and the weather was half sunny, half misty. This is my first coast painting. Below is the same scene with me and my buddy Penny blocking the view.

12 comments:

Carolina said...

Hi Carol,
I love when you do landscapes in your style.
Good you listened to the police, it's always safer being away from the sea after such events...
Carolina

Susie Gregory said...

these men are so patient with us, aren't they? - glad you got to take a bit of a "command" vacation! - nice misty painting, by the way!!

Jelaine Faunce said...

Very beautiful. I miss the coast.

DSM said...

Nothing looks like the wild California coast. So happy to see you perched there...

Dreama Tolle Perry said...

Carol--you look so natural standing along that coastline...and your first painting of it? Looks so natural too--you need to camp more often! I am glad as well that you forgot your mineral spirits. The universe knew what you needed--to just let your sould fill itself up. Nothing is ever lost---all of that abundance will spill out into your future canvases. It's inevitable--just as sure as the tide flows in and out, it was your time to have it roll in...:)

Michael Chesley Johnson said...

I went off on a day trip once and forgot the OMS. I did end up painting, but it was paint right out of the tube, unthinned. It was a different experience, to be sure - and I sold the painting! So, next time your forget, paint anyway

Mary Rountree Moore said...

Carol - What a beautiful rendering of the rocky coastline! I am so impressed with how easily you move from still life into landscape so successfully! I am trying my best to get into one of your FL workshops!
Kudos to you - Mary Rountree Moore

CarolJessen said...

Carol, I've missed your entries these last days. Good to know you were out re-filling your spirit. Sometimes we just need to sit and look and feel. But I know the itch to paint overtakes you when presented with such beautiful scenery. Hope to see more landscapes.

Hope Cunningham Daily Paintings said...

There is a wonderful feeling of distance and atmosphere here, Carol. You also did a wonderful job with the rhythm of the surf. No easy task.

The picture of you on the coast with your friend, Penny, is an apt reminder of why we love to paint in the first place. It's an amazing world we live in and you look very happy in it.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I love the photo of you and Penny :D
and the landscape it beautiful.

marineleslie43@yahoo.com said...

OMG!!! You know that I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this painting of the coast!! You know my love for Calif and then to have you paint it is just too much for me!! You did a great job, as always, Carol and I really wish that you had done more cuz this is def. one of my top favs ever that you have done!!!

Hope Cunningham Daily Paintings said...

Carol, if you have a chance to talk a bit about your color choices, I would love to hear what you have to say. I often get stumped when painting grey days. Your painting has a wonderful warmth that I aspire to. When I look at the photograph I read much cooler colors, but they just don't have the same effect as your color choices.