Thursday, August 21, 2014

En Plein Air in Cannon Beach, Oregon - 8/20/2014

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I got up at zero dark thirty to drive out to the coast in search of "Tuffed Puffins", an endangered bird that nests on Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach. At sunrise it was slightly foggy, then really foggy, then sort of cleared up, then back to foggy again. I gave up when the incoming tide kept forcing to retreat further and further from the rock until I was too far away to see any detail.

14" x 7" on 140# Arches hot press cotton paper with Sennelier's watercolors. Reference: Cannon Beach, Oregon, Haystack Rock and the Pacific Ocean. I have to admit, my sense of humor got the best of me. I used water from the ocean to paint this so the watercolor has Pacific Ocean DNA embedded in it.

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From Wikipedia: En plein air (French pronunciation: ​[ɑ̃ plɛn ɛʁ]) is a French expression which means "in the open air" and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors.

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