Encroaching Tide

nc web TM8682 Encroaching Tide 44x36 oil on panel

TM8682 Encroaching Tide 44×36 oil on panel

If it weren’t for my zoom lens this scene would be out of bounds. But that’s what a painter (with a camera) can do – offer a chance to experience a place – in this case an outcrop usually reserved for birds.

The incoming tide over Bass Rocks in Gloucester provides complex geometrical problems for a painter. Not only is the scene constantly changing, but the perspective issues with eroded rock can be daunting. I spend more time thinking than actually painting on some days – calculating angles and imagining I’m a wave. Incrementally, I figure it out. I’m always relieved when the composition finally works, and it feels like how I remember it. Details below. Enjoy.

nc web TM8682 Encroaching Tide - detail

TM8682 Encroaching Tide – detail

nc web TM8682 Encroaching Tide - detail of onrushing tide

TM8682 Encroaching Tide – detail from onrushing tide

nc web TM8682 Encroaching Tide - close-up of foreground

TM8682 Encroaching Tide – close-up of foreground

 

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5 thoughts on “Encroaching Tide

  1. Thanks again for a wonderful post. I was glad to read that you yourself sometimes spend more time thinking than painting. I do that a lot also. Your work inspires me so. Thanks again

    • Thinking about how to proceed with a painting is important, especially with compositional issues and perspective. On the other hand, once that stuff is figured out, it’s best to let the imagination fly. Happy painting.

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