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"

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Comment by alsoknownas on October 4, 2017 at 6:10pm


As you leave town to the north, just before going past that quaint little motel with the turret shaped end room, you would be crossing over the mouth of Ecola Creek. It's murky looking ,rising and lowering with the tides. A half mile upstream it is a freestone creek, with mossy branches of Sitka Spruce over hanging. Deep in those murky waters are 30-40 lb. Chinook Salmon. That means they swim through the creek here at the base of your painting. The fall run will begin soon. If you know the sign of the water cut by their dorsal fin they can nearly be seen, staying low in the sandy bottom.

Comment by Rosigami on October 4, 2017 at 7:52pm

Thanks monkey girl! Painting serenity is one of the best ways for me to achieve it, at least for a little while. It's a joyful process, mostly. Even the challenges are good experiences. 

Comment by Rosigami on October 4, 2017 at 7:56pm

alsoknownas, yes I know exactly where you are talking about. Your description is beautiful. 

I can't  wait to go back. It will be a while, but hopefully not another year. 

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on October 5, 2017 at 4:01am


Comment by Steel Breeze on October 5, 2017 at 5:31am

R&L....that landscape is almost....Mars-like...

Comment by Rosigami on October 5, 2017 at 6:39am

Jon, thanks for coming by

SB, that made me smile

Comment by Rosigami on October 5, 2017 at 2:20pm

Thanks Terry, I know what you mean by simple, and I agree, it is. 


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