During my stay at the vintage ranch that I wrote about in the previous post I also had a chance to have a nice drive through the woods and reach the Pacific Ocean shore, near the Sea Ranch.
The small town Gualala is sitting right at the shore, making rare tourist or passing by person wonder about its beauty. There are no better words that the official website of this town says:
Gualala? What’s That?
“Well, it’s a name that’s hard to pronounce and even harder to spell. Sometimes it’s hard to remember. Some people call it gwa-LA-la, but the natives call it wa-LA-la. This comes from the Kashaya Pomo Indian phrase, “ah kha wa la lee” which means, “Where the water flows down”, which makes sense–for the river goes out to the ocean right across from the center of town, right by that big sand bar where the whales stop for lunch every year. It’s up on the coast of California, north of San Francisco a ways. Not a big place, like some of those expensive resort areas. But, you know, once you’ve been to Gualala you’ll never forget the wonderful times you had there. You’d love it. Use the links at the top of the page to look around and get to know the place.”
I loved looking at the low tide revealing the shore, where the ocean was splashing rough waves to the sand line and all of a sudden the water stayed still right after that. I loved painting that uneven fence that goes miles and miles along the shore right from the Sea Ranch. The day was just perfect for painting this seascape in watercolor.
And as always there are more seascape paintings in my