Back Bay & Newport Beach
 GEORGE TAPLEY (home)          Back Bay & Newport Beach oil on panell
Last Fishing Dory, Newport Beach
2015
oil on panell
12 x 9 "
 GEORGE TAPLEY (home)          Back Bay & Newport Beach oil/panel
Back Bay Channel 2
oil/panel
10 x 8

 GEORGE TAPLEY (home)          Back Bay & Newport Beach oil/linen
Marsh Geometry
oil/linen
9" x 12"

The Back Bay from the Muth Center at low tide. The geometric lines of channels crossing the marsh make me think of Peru's Nazca lines where patterns on the desert floor were once thought to be landing strips for UFOs.
 GEORGE TAPLEY (home)          Back Bay & Newport Beach oil on canvas
Winter's Glare, Back Bay
oil on canvas
11" x 14"

Glare from the noonday sun in winter made me squint to paint this scene just below the Muth Center at Upper Newport Bay.

 GEORGE TAPLEY (home)          Back Bay & Newport Beach oil on panel
Four O'clock Shadows
oil on panel
8" x 10"

Upper Newport Bay with shadows staring to turn violet in the late afternoon light.
 GEORGE TAPLEY (home)          Back Bay & Newport Beach oil on panel
Early Morning Bluffs
oil on panel
8" x 10"

Bluffs on the west side of Back Bay in early morning light.

 GEORGE TAPLEY (home)          Back Bay & Newport Beach oil on canvas
Platinum Pampas
oil on canvas
20" x 24"

From Tradewinds Lane just off Irvine Ave the view of Upper Newport Bay is striking. The dark ground cover contrast with the silky blond Pampas grass and the golden marshes below on a late afternoon at Upper Newport Bay.
 GEORGE TAPLEY (home)          Back Bay & Newport Beach oil on Panel
Hazy Bluffs, Back Bay
oil on Panel
8" x 10"

Marsh grasses and sandstone bluffs seen on a slightly hazy morning at Newport Harbor's Back Bay. An interesting challenge to created a simple but evocative composition.

 GEORGE TAPLEY (home)          Back Bay & Newport Beach oil/panel
Half Bluff, Back Bay
oil/panel
9" x 12"

Terry Houseworth found this great viewpoint from which to paint a bluff near the Muth Center at the Back Bay. I joined him late in the morning one day - too late unfortunately to complete my painting. The wind came up and spoiled the reflections I was working on. So I returned the next day to get them right.
 GEORGE TAPLEY (home)          Back Bay & Newport Beach oil/panel
Afternoon Glare, Back Bay
oil/panel
9" x 12"

Early Spring, very dry. Marsh grasses appear almost orange. The challenge was to balance the dark bluffs to the right with brighter tide flats to the left.

 GEORGE TAPLEY (home)          Back Bay & Newport Beach oil/panel
Sold DotA Summer's Day
oil/panel
9" x 12"

"Can I compare thee to a summer's day" - just about sums it up.
 GEORGE TAPLEY (home)          Back Bay & Newport Beach oil/panel
Twice as Nice (Mirrored Bluff)
oil/panel
9" x 12"

Catch the reflection before the wind comes up, you have to work quickly and remember what you saw. I got down the essentials of this scene in a hurry. Then worked to get the rest at a more leisurely pace.

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