It’s day 17 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days!

When I worked on this orange encaustic and driftwood painting today I was thinking about sunset on the Oregon Coast. There is a mellowness to Oregon beaches you miss in places like Southern California and I dig the calm. By calm I mean people traffic on the beach. The ocean itself has an intensity I haven’t felt elsewhere because of the rockier shoreline. It has so much energy I usually have a hard time falling asleep my first night there because the rumble of the ocean has an excitement that keeps me awake. You can feel the journey of the breaking waves like deep breaths moving through your body. I miss the coast, can you tell?

“On the Coast VIII”
6 x 6 inches
encaustic and driftwood on wood panel
Origin: Yachats, Oregon
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Yachats, Oregon at sunset:


The paintings I create during the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge will be included in my NATURE CURATED series which captures the essence of place by encapsulating carefully chosen mementos nature has seemingly left behind in a thick bed of pigmented encaustic wax. To create these paintings I explore the ocean shore and forest floor to find the perfect, unique objects (shells, pine cones, driftwood and stones) to embed in a luscious layer of wax. All of these natural objects tells the story of its origin, like the smooth edges on driftwood illustrates the journey it took undulating back and forth against the rough ocean shore. Each three-dimensional fine art painting is unique, signed by me, ready to hang and includes the place of origin.