I’ve been painting every spare hour I can find. In reality, I need at least three or four hours at a time; more if I can get it. I have been able to accomplish that fairly often these past few weeks, because I took a month off from my home classes after the summer classes were finished. It’s become more important than ever to keep my mind occupied with constructive, positive work. There is too much going in in the country and the world for me to be able to deal with it all in any kind of coherent fashion. I find myself cycling in and out of paying attention to these things. I want to know what’s going on but the helplessness and anger I feel become too much and I have to turn away.
It was good having some time to relax as well as paint this past month. A couple of weeks ago, Tom and I took a short trip down the Oregon coast to Cannon Beach. It's a beautiful place, with a gorgeous majestic seashore, and a town full of art galleries and restaurants.
The ride by car is about 4 hours, and it’s quite scenic. The weather was lovely and warm. We stopped for lunch at Mo’s, a renowned seafood restaurant right on the ocean. (Thanks here to a friend for the recommendation!)
We started with an incredible clam chowder. I ordered a wonderful seafood fettucini, and the BLP got a crabmeat sandwich. I’ve had no better examples of any of those dishes anywhere else. ::Sigh::
After lunch we walked on the beach for a bit, then headed up to our hotel, also right on the beach. We spent the afternoon walking around the town - I got to visit painter Jeffrey Hull's gallery this time- it was not open the last time I was here- and of course a little more beach time that evening, walking again and watching as the sun slipped beneath the edge of the Pacific Ocean.
I simply can never get enough.
Before dawn the next morning, we were up and out in the cool morning air, walking down toward iconic Haystack Rock as the sun rose. (According to Wikipedia, Haystack Rock rises 235 ' above the sea. It has its own singular ecology. and is home to nesting puffins, terns and gulls.)
We took a lot of photos in all directions as the sun illuminated the shore and the sea stacks. After that, we had an epic breakfast at Morris’s in town before heading back up to our home on the Puget Sound.
This is the first of what I hope will be several new paintings of this beautiful place.
It's also my first square painting. I like the format and may do some more.
As of this writing I am well on my way into another painting but my time has become limited with the start of college classes as well as my home classes. It may well be next week or later before I will be able to finish it. It’s good to be busy, I guess.
Sunrise on Haystack Rock; © Rose Guastella 2017, Oils on canvas, 20" x 20"