Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Building Canals and Fortresses on Cannon Beach

"At Play on Cannon Beach" 22 x 30 inch Watercolor on Lanaquarelle 300 lb. hot press paper

I spent endless hours constructing castles and dams to divert streams on Oregon beaches as a kid. It was great fun. The kids in this scene still appear to be in the planning stages of their monumental project and no doubt will have the stream diverted a good 10 feet to the north by the time the tide comes in.

This is my second piece painting on 300 lb. Lanaquarelle hot press paper. I like it so far, but it's definitely a lot different than the 300 lb. Arches cold press paper I usually use. This paper seems to work better with layering some how. I seem to be able to put several layers over each other without disturbing the lower layers.

5 comments:

Ester said...

I played at Cannon beach when I was little too, and remember my brother and I doing the same thing, changing the stream direction. My favorite thing about the OR coast are the tidepools with hidden starfish and anemones, and all the driftwood you can make forts from.

Michael said...

Ester your blog says you're from Atlanta. Have you lived in the Northwest or just visited up here? And I agree, tide pools are great. =)

Ester said...

i grew up in southern Oregon, and visited the coast almost once a year. But since leaving at 18, I've lived in California, Virginia, Portland Oregon, and now in Atlanta. I'll probably be in Georgia for awhile.

suzanne said...

Wonderful sense of light in this one!

Michael said...

Thanks Suzanne!