Watercolor Seascape – Pacific Ocean – Gualala

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Pacific Ocean Shore Low Tide
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

Pacific Ocean Shore

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realism in watercolor

This Sailboat At The Shore painting was a great addition to my Sea Ocean Lakes and Plein-Air galleries.

I found this peaceful scene on one of my field trips to the Pacific Ocean, right next to the Hearst Caste (San Simeon) peer. 

The weather couldn’t be better. The sun was gently warming up the beach. The boat did not move as if it was sitting there in the waters just for me. The passing by tourists were asking me jokingly: “Have you hired this boat?”. Some complimented my painting: “Oh, it is exactly how I see it!”, and “Cool! Looks just like a picture!” 

I smiled.

I love painting plein-air (open air , outside) style. Lots of interactions and fast pace in painting, which call for fresh brush strokes, quick decisions on composition; and, of course, a feedback from the observers :0)


California Landscapes – Point Arena Lighthouse

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California Landscape

When painting this gorgeous landscape I had to practically “built”
the rocks layer by layer. It took me a couple of hours to achieve the texture
of the rocky cliff with its washes, cracks, grass, and clays. I was doing it
patiently with passion, thinking that Mother Nature did the same her way but it
took a few million years :0)
Here are a few interesting facts:
The Point Arena Lighthouse is situated on the closest point
of land to the Hawaiian Islands in the Continental United States. The point is
surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean which keeps the area cool. This Lighthouse
is set in one of the most spectacular and peaceful surroundings on the northern
California coast. The Point Arena tower is the only Pacific West coast
lighthouse of significant height that you can climb to the top! Access to the
lantern room provides a panoramic view of the rugged California coast and of
the ocean.
A Little bit of history:
The first lighthouse at this site was constructed in 1870.
The brick-and-mortar tower included ornate iron balcony supports and a large
Keeper residence with enough space to house several families. In April 1906, a
devastating earthquake struck the Light Station. The Keeper’s residence and
Lighthouse were damaged so severely that they had to be demolished.
The new lighthouse began operation in 1908, nearly 18 months
after the quake. It stands 115 feet (35 m) tall, and featured a 1st Order
Fresnel Lens, over six feet in diameter and weighing more than six tons. The
lens was made up of 666 hand-ground glass prisms all focused toward three sets
of double bullseyes. It was these bullseyes that gave the Point Arena
Lighthouse its unique “light signature” of two flashes every six
seconds. This incredible optic, that held an appraised value of over $3.5
million, was set in solid brass framework, and was built in France. Prior to
the introduction of electricity, the lens was rotated by a clockwork mechanism.
The Keepers, or “wickies” as they were called, had to hand crank a
160-pound weight up the center shaft of the lighthouse every 75 minutes to keep
the lens turning. Light was produced by a “Funks” hydraulic oil lamp,
that needed to be refueled every four hours, and whose wicks would have to be
trimmed regularly. Later, two 1,000 watt electric lamps were installed to
replace the oil lamp, and a 1⁄8 horsepower electric motor was installed to replace
the clockworks.
Nowadays (since 1984) nonprofit organization called the
Point Arena Lighthouse Keepers takes care of this place providing diligent
historic preservation of this beautiful place.
(info:courtesy to wiki and pointarenalighthouse.com/)


California Landscapes – Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse

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California Landscape Watercolor Painting
One of the stop during my recent art-trip was a small cozy town of Trinidad. I enjoyed walking along the rocky shore. Gentle breeze, afternoon Sun, and a lighthouse, all together called for some impressionistic style loose and fresh painting.

Here is a little more details about this beautiful place:

Trinidad is a seaside town
in Humboldt County, located on the Pacific Ocean 8 miles north of the
Arcata-Eureka Airport and 15 miles north of the college town of Arcata.
Situated directly above its own natural harbor, Trinidad is one of California’s
smallest incorporated cities, (with a 2010 population of 367) and is noted for
its spectacular coastline with ten public beaches and offshore rocks. These
rocks are part of the California Coastal National Monument of which Trinidad is
a Gateway City. This natural landmark is joined by three additional marine
landmarks – the historic Trinidad Head Light, the Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse,
and Humboldt State University’s Fred Telonicher Marine Laboratory.
Overlooking Trinidad Bay, an
accurate replica of the Head’s lighthouse (A Victorian keeper’s residence that was
built in 1898); Trinidad’s Lighthouse in Memorial Park. In 1947, the original
lens and bell were donated to the Trinidad Civic Club to be displayed in a
memorial park overlooking Trinidad Bay. Mrs. Earl Hallmark donated land, and in
1949 the Civic Club built the Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse. On Memorial Day,
families and friends gather at the lighthouse to remember and honor those lost
and buried at sea
(courtesy to trinidad.ca.gov
and http://trinidad-ca.com/discover/lighthouses.html)