Here is the finished painting. I included a few gulls floating on the updrafts to give the piece some scale. They also introduce some dynamism into the subject.
I had a very pleasant surprise when a collector contacted me before I was actually finished the painting with the news that she and her husband both loved it and wanted to purchase it for their home. Especially exciting is when a piece of art resonates with someone and when there is an instant connection. The buyer is a writer and has experienced a transcendental moment while standing before the west coat surf a few years ago. This moment of inspiration that informs her writing was spiritual and as a result this painting of mine connected with her in a spiritual way. As an artist things don't get better than when your work affects a viewer emotionally. A big thanks to Joy and Ray for your support.
Working through fore and middle ground. Getting a bit busy but I still feel the power of that Pacific Ocean. Time to put it up on a stand and see where it needs to go from here.
Now that Ive posted it I apologize for the poor photo. I shot it just as our first big winter storm is rolling in.
I have redrawn (with paint) the surf spray and started playing with colours. I need to assess my value plan now. It is good to digitize the image to make some decisions. I can easily notice the annoying strong valued rock on the right foreground. When I go back in I will knock that down a bit . I have been careful to de-emphsize the small water falls cascading off the rocks. They are beautiful but this painting is about the power and presence of the waves crashing against the boulders. If I get fussy I will lose my motive. I can see now that I need to restore the high value of the tops of the ground cover. I want to describe the residual water running off the rocks in the foreground to. We will see if I can stick with that plan in my next attack.