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Two Laguna Paintings

Laguna Shore Painting

"Laguna Shore" 12x16, oil on board

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Morning Wave Painting

"Morning Wave" 8x10 inches, oil on linen panel

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Rocks, Ocean and Dusk

Painted a few sketches recently.  These ones are also on the coast at Newport Beach California.

Evening Tide Painting

"Evening Tide" 6x8 inches, oil on linen.

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Pacific Dusk

"Pacific Dusk" 5x8 inches, oil on linen

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Arch Rock – Little Corona Del Mar Beach

It was a beautiful day at Little Corona Del Mar Beach in Newport yesterday (I’m back in Southern California for a few weeks). It reminded me why I love painting the coast. There’s nothing like perfect weather, the beach and some paint brushes in hand.

Arch Rock, Newport Beach

12×9 inches, oil on linen panel. 

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Coronado Beach (San Diego, CA)

coronado beach - san diego - beach paintings
Coronado Beach oil on linen panel 8×6 in.

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San Diego Bay (San Diego, CA)

San Diego Bay - Beach Paintings
San Diego Bay oil on linen panel 8×6 in.

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Crescent Bay Beach (Laguna Beach, CA)

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Crescent Bay Beach oil on linen panel 8×6 in.

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Just beyond the hill from this scene are the main Northern Laguna beaches. If you’re familiar with the area you probably know that the main beach is not as quiet as the surrounding ones. Crescent Bay Point Park was calmer in comparison and ended up being the better spot for me to paint today.

Getting close to the end of the trip. I’m realizing that I could take this trip twenty more times and never paint the same thing twice. There are so many beautiful spots along the California coast that I didn’t have the time to see let alone paint.

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Santa Monica Pier (Santa Monica, CA)

Santa Monica Pier - Beach Paintings
Santa Monica Pier oil on linen panel 8×5 in.

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Santa Barbara Palms (Santa Barbara, CA)

Santa Barbara Palms - Beach Paintings
Santa Barbara Palms oil on linen panel 8×6 in.

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Saturday morning was a rainy day in Santa Barbara… I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to get out and paint. By noon the rain went away and left a very blue sky with some straggling clouds. My intention was to set up on the beach facing the ocean but as I was standing there I turned around and saw this scene. The lines of the palm tree tops were echoed in the mountains, the clouds and the ground plane where the ice plant met the sand.  I just couldn’t resist painting it. I am a sucker for this kind of composition, where the horizontal lines are the emphasis.

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Pfeiffer Beach (Big Sur, CA)

Pfeiffer Beach - Beach Paintings - Big Sure
Pfeiffer Beach oil on linen panel 8×6 in.

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Carmel River Beach (Carmel, CA)

Carmel River Beach - Beach Paintings - Carmel, CA

Carmel River Beach oil on linen panel 8×5 in.

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Video – Pigeon Point

Pigeon Point painting I posted yesterday.

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Pigeon Point (Pescadero, CA)

Pigeon Point Lighthouse
Pigeon Point oil on linen panel 8×5 in.

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Cowell Ranch Beach (Half Moon Bay,CA)

Cowell Ranch Beach - Beach Paintings - Half Moon Bay
Cowell Ranch Beach oil on linen panel 5×7 in.

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Photos – Greenwood Beach & Baker Beach

Greenwood State Beach - Beach Paintings
This was a nice little spot right on the edge of a 100-foot cliff. Mendocino County has some beautiful beaches at the base of incredibly sheer rock formations. This is just one of dozens of spots I could have chosen to paint but I was particularly interested in the light coming through the hole in the rock and the clear bluish-green water.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA
I was originally going to paint from this view on the North side of the Golden Gate Bridge. The day was perfectly clear but quite windy from so high up.

Golden Gate Bridge - Beach Paintings
The next day I ended up on the South side of the bridge. Here you can see how foggy it was when I began the painting. The scene was muted in color. As I said before, an hour into the painting everything changed; the fog cleared and the sun shone. You can see the difference in weather from comparing this photo to the final painting in the previous post.

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Baker Beach (San Francisco, CA)

baker beach, golden gate bridge
Baker Beach 8×6 in.

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Exiting the Golden Gate Bridge on the South side I made a few turns and just happened upon this beach. When I started painting this scene it was mostly overcast but an hour into it the sun came out and the whole scene changed. So instead of making things up I just started over. Can’t control Mother Nature.

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Greenwood State Beach (Elk, CA)


Greenwood State Beach 7×6 in.

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I started painting this one at about 4pm when the sun was moving toward the West but not yet setting. There was a great contrast happening on the beach at this time. The orange sunlight hit the rocks and created cool blues in the shadow areas. Also, I was amazed at just how bluish-violet the wet sand appeared as the waves receded back into the ocean away from the beach.

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Photos – Patrick’s Point

Here are a few pics my wife shot at Patrick’s Point.

Patrick's Point - Beach Paintings

Patrick's Point - Beach Paintings
Met some new people while I was painting here.  These folks are from Kansas. Hi guys!

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Patrick’s Point (Trinidad, CA) 5×8 in.

Beach Paintings - Patrick's Point
Patrick’s Point 5×8 in.

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Loved this spot. I’ll have photos in another post.

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Battery Point (Crescent City, CA)


Battery Point 8×5 in.

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First stop Crescent City, CA. I just love the soft grays at this time of year in Northern California. They make even the redwood trees on the mountains in this painting appear to be a flat purple shape.

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