Lots of folks like to visit the beach during the summer. I grew up on Long Island, where access to the beach was easy, and that's what we did as soon as school was over in June- we went to the beach all summer long. Eventually I discovered that the beach was even nicer in the fall. There were less people around, and I could enjoy the sun and the air and the surf from the comfort of a blanket on the shore. No need to go swimming. I would go whenever I could until it was just too cold to be out of doors on the frigid windy beach. 

Now that the BLP and I live abut 3 hours from the nearest ocean, a trip to the beach is a special event.
We both prefer September and October for our overnight jaunts to commune with the Pacific Ocean. 
Ahhhhhh those negative ions.....!

This past September we stayed in Cannon Beach, Oregon, for the second time since moving West. 
Here is the final painting from our recent trip. It's another view of iconic Haystack Rock; this time looking North. 

(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. )

September Surf at Haystack Rock (c) Rose Guastella 2017
22" x 28"
Oils on Canvas

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Comment by koshersalaami on October 14, 2017 at 11:39am

I love the sky

This has a different feel from a lot of other work I've seen of yours. Crisper. Defined. Everything looks harder. 

Comment by Rosigami on October 14, 2017 at 12:28pm

Thanks, Terry. I enjoy working with a particular set of colors that includes a few different blues and greens, Payne's gray, burnt umber ivory black, and titanium white.  

Comment by Rosigami on October 14, 2017 at 12:31pm

Kosh, I'm glad to see that you noticed. I think it has a different feel because of the time of day. This one is at about 2 pm. No morning/evening fog, no slanted light. It makes a huge difference, of course! 

Comment by Anna Herrington on October 14, 2017 at 1:29pm

Rosi, heading to the coast and turning off media has been this year's favorite and best coping skill in handling an outer world gone nuts and our personal grief over three different friends having been murdered in three separate incidences this year. I'm just home from our latest escape to coastal sanctuary.

Those ions, the lack of manmade, the rhythms of the earth front and center, the soggy tent buffeted by coastal overnight winds and rain, yes, even that has been heaven to escape to for a bit....... AAAAHHHHHHHHHH. I took so many photos on all four trips made to the coast this year - no paintings planned for me but sometimes I just sit and stare at those photos. A dozen to fifteen will be framed and end up as Christmas presents, some also will get framed and put in a restaurant/gallery next year, if all goes well (and it seems to be!). And that thrills me. 

That you can take your photos and come up with your original works of art rather thrills me, too. How utterly cool you just go for it. Inspiring. This one is lovely, too, I like the middle of the day light you captured so well!!

Comment by Rosigami on October 14, 2017 at 5:19pm

Anna, I have to give you props for being willing to spend nights in a tent in the wind and rain. I don't have the wherewithal any more! Don't get me wrong- I don't mind some weather either at home or when we travel, but I need a nice warm room, and it's doesn't need to be fancy- just comfortable, with a functioning bathroom. 
Then, I can go happily out in the wind and rain if need be, knowing I have a warm, dry place to return to.

I bet you have some great photographs!

Here's one of mine that I like because of the subject but not for a painting. 
It's the place at Cape Disappointment where the mouth of the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. 

The river is on the left, and the ocean on the right; the jetty divides them. Not in the picture are the three dolphins we saw playing on the river side as we left the jetty.

Comment by Julie Johnson on October 15, 2017 at 6:34am

yes!  to the ions!  

Comment by Rosigami on October 15, 2017 at 7:22am

Hiya Julie! I can't wait to go back for more! 

Comment by koshersalaami on October 15, 2017 at 7:24am

I can't see Rosi's photo on my IPad.

Anna, please post the photos. 

Comment by alsoknownas on October 15, 2017 at 7:58am

I'll be there in a few weeks for some of those negative ions. The sense of power one feels at the jetty photographed is amazing. On the south side of the mouth of the Columbia the jetty has a bird watching tower. I've been on it when pelicans passed within 15 feet.  It is beautiful. Once during a big storm it was terrifying however and I have since limited visits to fair weather.

Comment by Anna Herrington on October 15, 2017 at 8:40am

What a cool spot to stand on, the river on one side, the ocean on the other.... I've only been to the Oregon side up there, but so long ago I barely remember. Very cool, but I see how that one's not painting potential so much  ; ) And dolphins!! One to remember.

For the first time I went to the mouth of the Rogue River earlier this year, no jetty there but sea lions swimming around which are so appealing to watch (even if my oldest calls them sea rats) - and then the mouth of the Umpqua just last week which is by the Oregon dunes which are huge, and there is a jetty. Those jetties create such an interesting dynamic of water and wave and sealife and surfers! Although the surfers were not there, they do hover and surf at a jetty down in Eureka, Ca. in droves, the crazy people. At the Umpqua mouth were dunes and oyster beds and the oldest lighthouse on the Oregon coast, something we inadvertently started exploring this year, too, the lighthouses on the southern end of the state.

So good to get away from the daily and stand at the edge of sea and shore - so different from the eastern shores I've been to, too.

Funny how some years acquire a title in our house, too, 2000: The Move, 2004: The Cross Country Drives, 2009: The Miracle... 2017 is still on but boy are there some titles we could all come up with for the country, much less each of us with our lives' events that surge forward and seem to take over... turned into an interesting spontaneous conversation last night.

We are trying not to have a totally bummed title for this year, whether for the country or just for us....

Anyone else tend to 'title' years in their household?

...and kosh, I've been meaning to post photos of coast trips all summer. I hope to soon after finishing harvest stuff. So much produce when you just plant a little orchard willy nilly years ago with little thought to processing the eventual harvest and now all the trees are coming into their own.... I love it.


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