Thursday, November 6, 2014

Gulls rising over Neskowin

"Gulls Rising over Neskowin"
(Oregon Coast)
Oil Sketch on Centurion Oil Primed Linen Panel
With additional coat of Williamsburg Lead Primer
8" x 6"

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The evening after I sold the Oil Sketch off the easel, as it were, I continued up the coast to the clearing in the forest where I had spent last Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, but someone had cut 11 trees down and left them clogging up the clearing making it impossible to get my SUV in there.  There were several logs cut to equal lengths, so I am hoping that the tree cutter had a permit to cut for firewood, and that the clearing will be cleared  by the time I am next passing.  I spent the night about a hundred yards back down the forest road, in not as pleasant a spot; 100 yards can make a difference.

Overcast and grey, the next day, with drizzle now and again, as I passed through the long narrow town of Lincoln City, which used to be five separate municipalities.  Usually just north of there, I turn inland and through the Coast Range to McMinnville, but this time I continued up the coast to Neskowin.  This little stretch of Oregon Coast, I think I may have been on once before, but I am not entirely sure about that, as this stretch of about 5 miles is easily bypassed by those coming from  McMinnville and heading for the coast to Lincoln City and points South, or to Pacific City and points North; and bypass it we did on previous trips to the coast.  I had seen a photo of the beach and Proposal Rock at Neskowin, a couple of years ago, and had determined to stop down there at some future date, and failing in that endeavor last November, this time I managed it.  

It is a wide beach here with an island (Proposal Rock, named for the turn of the 19th to 20th century marriage proposal of Charles Gage to Della Page) at high tide where the creek enters the sea.  Strolling on out to the island, between drizzles, I took a few photos and a pencil sketch in my pocket sketchbook.  The seas were still running high, as it had been yesterday, with nice big swells crashing onto the shore in the distance, and flocks of gulls occasionally rising from the water's edge.  I filed this away in my mind and the next day in one of my favorite forest clearings (seen here), I painted the above sketch from my pencil drawing.  This is one of those works that could be deemed a complete work in itself, thus meriting my usual signature instead of my monogram, but where it comes down to intent; as I have said before, sometimes there is a fine degree between those works deemed to be a sketch and those as a painting, and it usually is defined by the intent; just as when Charles proposed to Della, I expect.

On the technical side, I painted eveything except most of the gulls at once, but ended up leaving most of them until the surface was touch dry, to avoid smearing the background as I touched in the smallest of them; the three in the foreground were easily placed later on as well.  Imprimatura: Venetian Red, with the block-in with Ultramarine.  The rest of the pigments were Blue Ridge Yellow Ochre & Italian Burnt Sienna (from Rublev), Ultramarine, Cobalt & Cerulean Blues, Venetian Red and Cremnitz White (all by W&N).


  1. Hey, nice work! You are also a very good writer. Very descriptive. I feel the drizzle.

  2. Derrick ... Jill ... Thank you for your kind comments ... appreciated.


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