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"

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Comment by alsoknownas on September 26, 2017 at 4:42pm

It's beautiful Rose.

I'm glad you enjoyed lunch and got to Jeffrey's gallery.  I think there are 15 of his works on the walls in this old house.

The square format works here. It makes the most photographed rock in the world really stand out.

Comment by Ron Powell on September 26, 2017 at 5:01pm

Painting is your sanity as the piano is mine....

Lovely post....

Comment by Rosigami on September 26, 2017 at 7:42pm

Thank you, alsoknownas. Cannon Beach has become one of my favorite places for so many reasons. I know we will be going back again. 

Comment by Rosigami on September 26, 2017 at 7:44pm

Ron, I know you understand this. We are fortunate to have our creative outlets to immerse ourselves in. 

Comment by Steel Breeze on September 27, 2017 at 5:06am

nice work......for me....i'm back to work maintaining a small 'fleet' of vehicles for a friend....and it's the best i've felt since retiring 9 years ago....more working-less thinking...

Comment by Rosigami on September 27, 2017 at 7:20am

I'm all for that, SB- more working (or painting!) and less thinking. Good for you. 

Comment by J.P. Hart on September 27, 2017 at 8:34am

Thank you Rosie! 

'...our breath comes out white clouds, mingles and hangs in the air, speaking strictly for me we both could have died then and there...'

O& ' ...jimmy gave us rainbows...'

Your work 'rates' right up there with reading Carl Sandburg while listening to Coltrane's A Train.

Comment by Rosigami on September 27, 2017 at 8:57am

Lovely comment, JPH, and very much appreciated. Thank you.

Comment by Anna Herrington on September 27, 2017 at 9:58am

Really lovely painting of Haystack Rock, Rosi, it's certainly been a long time seeing it in person....

but the sea stacks that dot the Oregon coast are all fascinating, to me, and clearly habitats for so much life. I can't even dissolve into the views without worrying about future oil rigs, so hard to maintain equilibrium these days....

Diamonds and Rust. fabulous. The whole album, her voice, was one of my teen coping skill go-tos.... I'm so glad to be reminded, J.P. Thank you.

'We both know what memories can bring 
They bring diamonds and rust'
Comment by Rosigami on September 27, 2017 at 2:54pm

Hi Anna, yes indeed- the Oregon Coast is so beautiful and the geology/ecology is fascinating. I could imagine living there.

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