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.
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.
Four O'clock Shadows oil on panel 8" x 10"
Upper Newport Bay with shadows staring to turn violet in the late afternoon light.
Early Morning Bluffs oil on panel 8" x 10"
Bluffs on the west side of Back Bay in early morning light.
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.
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.
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.
A Summer's Day oil/panel 9" x 12"
"Can I compare thee to a summer's day" - just about sums it up. collection Maria Bjorkman
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.
Afternoon Glare, Back Bay oil/panel 9" x 12"
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