Monday, February 27, 2012

The Edge of the World

A rocky coastline provides constant inspiration with endless changes of light and wave states.  Like many people, I love seeing the ocean at its wildest.  Those large crashing waves hitting the rocks, sending salt spray into the air. And the sound.  I think the sound of a huge surf clattering the pebbles as it drags them back down into the sea is so wonderful.

When I lived in Pouch Cove, I had a house at the edge of the sea.  This is where the inspiration for this painting arose.  At night during wild storms, I could  feel the rhythmic 'thud' over and over vibrating the house as the waves made contact with the shore.  To some it was frightening.  To me, comforting.  It felt like being alive, being part of the sea at the edge of the world.

This pastel is 6 x9 on sanded paper.  And a little clip of the ocean in Middle Cove after a storm.


vivien said...

wonderful paintings Jeanette

the movement and colours of the waves are just perfect

I so envy you living near the sea

Jeanette said...

Thanks Vivien. Water and waves are a source of fascination and sometimes frustrating when trying to paint or draw them.

I see the ocean every day, but don't get down to the shoreline much in winter. This year, snowfall has been low, so it makes access easier.

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

I'm have to agree with you, I love the sound of the crashing waves. I can sleep like a baby when I'm fortunate enough to hear them. Love the pastel for this painting. Great size I think. The pastel seem to really work for the crashing waves.

Sue Pownall said...

This is lovely, you have captured the atmosphere and the movemnet so well.

Rose said...

I love your paintings, they're amazing. I'm a British art student and I'm going to use you as inspiration for my 'Marine Life' project. Really stunning work :)

Jeanette said...

The sounds of the sea are wonderful Nancy. I never tire of them. Pastel works well for the foam and the sanded paper catches little bits of colour to add to the effect well.

Thanks Sue. All that observation of the sea pays off now and then! :)

Rose, thanks so much for your kind words. I'm thrilled that you found the work inspirational. I'd love to hear more about your Marine Life project.