A few weeks ago, the BLP and I took a short trip to the Washington Coast. You may have seen my mention of it in my last post, called September At the Beach.  If you don't want to go see the post here is what I said:

(In October we went to Long Beach and Cape Disappointment (Southwest corner of Washington State) for a second Fall beach trip. I took over a hundred photographs. I managed to narrow the field down to about a half dozen that may become paintings and currently working on one.)

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Aside: How Cape Disappointment got its name: (Wikipedia) 

The cape was named on April 12, 1788 by British fur trader John Meares who was sailing south from Nootka in search of trade. After a storm, he turned his ship around just north of the Cape and therefore just missed the discovery of the Columbia River.[1][2] George Vancouver credits John Meares in his account when he saw Cape Disappointment on April 27, 1792.[3]

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This is the painting I've been working on since that trip. I just finished it today. It's larger than any of my previous paintings of the last few years, and it had a lot of challenges. Sky. Water. Cliffs. Trees. Grass. The late evening light. 

This picture almost didn't happen. We had spent the afternoon at Cape Disappointment, got some good shots, and wanted to return near sunset to see some of the places, including the North Head Lighthouse area on the Pacific Ocean side on the Westward side of the park, in more dramatic light. The sun was dropping toward the horizon faster than anticipated, and we ended up running uphill to catch the last few pictures. By the time I took some pictures and we walked back to the car it was close to dark. 

I had a new tool to help me with the painting this time. Usually, I print out at least 2 copies of whatever photograph I'm working from. I use good photo paper and full color for one, and I also make a black and white copy on regular copy paper. The B&W copy gets gridded into quarters or eighths so I can make as accurate a drawing as possible onto my canvas. The color pic serves as a reference for textures and colors, naturally. 

Last time we were in Cannon Beach, we visited the gallery of one of my favorite landscape artists, Jeffrey Hull. At the gallery was a little room set aside with a TV. It was running a documentary film on a loop, about Hull's history and his process. It was fascinating to me, and I enjoyed watching him at work and hearing what he had to say about his art.

We noticed that he uses a digital photo frame to work from. That was an Aha! moment for sure.

A little research taught us that a better (and more economical) tool for me would be a small LED television. We found a 24" TV that takes a thumb drive. It's now sitting on a table next to my work space, and it has been a great help. I start with a reference picture and then make copies on my computer that zone in on certain areas. I load the reference shots onto a stick.  No need for printing out color pictures. The TV pic is larger and the color is beautiful. 

I see that the color of the painting didn't translate here as well as I had hoped. But if I angle the screen until it looks more orange-y, it's closer to what I actually painted. 

               Last Light     (c) Rose Guastella 2017     Oils on canvas; 24" x 36"

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Comment by Rosigami on October 26, 2017 at 4:34pm

Two more paintings are in the works, of different parts of the park. 

Comment by koshersalaami on October 26, 2017 at 5:20pm

I like how detailed the trees are. The scale is unexpected - I think the hill with the trees is farther than it looks at first glance, like the grass covers distance cues

Comment by alsoknownas on October 26, 2017 at 5:28pm


Yes, well glad the new tool was helpful. Jeffrey's work is inspiring. I'll see him next weekend. He better keep at it. ;-)

Comment by Rosigami on October 26, 2017 at 6:25pm

Kosh, the trees were fun to paint, and a lot easier than some of the other parts. The scale of the vista was one of the reasons I wanted to make this painting. 

Comment by Rosigami on October 26, 2017 at 6:29pm

alsoknownas, enjoy your trip. Jeffrey Hull's gallery is certainly one of the nicest things about the village of Cannon Beach. 

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on October 27, 2017 at 5:14am


Comment by Rosigami on October 27, 2017 at 8:09am

Hi Jon!

Comment by Anna Herrington on October 27, 2017 at 8:14am

Not sure I 'get' the new tool, but no matter, I love the perspective on this one! So much of PacNW's coast does seem to be viewed like this, from up above on a cliff or hill, waves crashing below..... I also love your focus and wish mine would stay in one place better. Your paintings show the results of all this focus, you're getting really good, imho, and have been all along with your various styles.... Thanks for letting us go along with you on your painting journeys  : )

Comment by Rosigami on October 27, 2017 at 8:54am

Anna, it's just a tool, no more, no less, that allows me to have several versions of a photographic reference handy so I can make decisions about color and texture. I don't copy the photograph so much as use it for inspiration. 
I do feel focused. Intend to continue with views of Washington (and Oregon, when I visit). Thank you for your kind words- all this practice I've been getting has taught me a lot about what can be done with paint. I'm still pretty far away from where I hope I'll get to some day. Of course, that's an ever-moving target, as it should be.
Just enjoying the journey, as always. 

Comment by Arthur James on October 27, 2017 at 11:03am



I have a B&W

photo Lab.

I no use or develop

film from a 35-mm

Camers any more.



oops in a newd Photo

Exhibit (not me naked)

and someone Said

nice picture


It's goofy


I did not lust.

Shy girl thinks

the prof's

compliments are

lust. Painters use

as Therapy painting

Photographer? They

photo body forms..


old memory...,

it safer to photo

birds, chipmunks,

and Fall Foliage.



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