Even with college and home studio classes in full swing and the band working almost every weekend lately, I've been squeezing in time to paint almost every day. It really feels good to go away from the world and into the one of my own making.
This one is another Cannon Beach painting. Ecola Creek (in the foreground) begins many miles inland, and ends with a narrow stream at the Pacific Ocean in Cannon Beach, Oregon. A little ways South past this point, it levels off completely and gently combines with the shoreline waters of the ocean. This particular image represents a quiet early morning view in mid-September.
The sea stacks, like Haystack Rock and the ones in this picture, are millions of years old, composed of volcanic basalt that flowed, stopped, and was subject to millennia of wind, water and sand. The sea stacks were here long before we humans arrived in this place, and may well be here when we are long gone. I don't like to include any humans in my landscapes. I prefer to record the experience of seeing the beauty of the natural world apart from us.
The little gulls are temporary visitors as well.
A Gathering at Ecola Creek; (c) Rose Guastella 2017. Oils on canvas, 12" x 24"