|China Cove, 10x8" oil|
I had the thrill of painting in the stunning Point Lobos California State Park last month. My painting above depicts "China Cove"— a cozy little secret beach tucked away from the world, except for the many curious tourists and over-the-shoulder lookers that appeared throughout the day.
|The view was overwhelmingly beautiful...here's the cove late afternoon.|
The ranger at the gate was nice enough to recommend this far away place on the map as an ideal painting spot... and she was right! By the time I got set up in the late morning and finished around 4pm, I'd say I painted about 3 or 4 hours...which was quite a luxurious amount of time compared to the rest of the windy blow-and-go kind of week I had been having.
|This has the makings for a future painting...love the complimentary colors of red/green here.|
Protected from the wind, I even found a bit of shade to paint in...what heaven! The light completely changed a million times on me...but I was so enchanted with the place that I didn't want to leave. It was literally a emerald kaleidoscope of light and colors, all day long!
|Secluded and protected, it's the perfect a baby seal nursery.|
The colors where spectacular as they reached the shore...so many shades of emerald to chartreuse. See the mommy and baby seals...you could watch them nursing from just around the corner. But the world seemed to stop and congregate at my painting spot that day. You can see why!
|Here's the cove looking out into the ocean. Almost looks like Maui here!|
I wish I'd taken photos in the morning as well, but when I scouted out the area I didn't have my camera in hand as the hike was pretty intense...and I had my painter's thinking cap on...which tends to be a different mind-set than photography. You constantly think, "Hurry up and paint...the light is changing!"
|Here's the cove seen from the opposite shore...about 5 or 6 p.m.|
|Detail of the other side from where I'd been painting.|
There were so many great views of the cove I could have painted from. Thank goodness I didn't find this one until after I'd finished my painting or I may have spent the day in undecided anguish!
And, I can paint this one now.
|The actual painting inspired view.|