Sunday, June 5, 2011

Piedras Blancas

                                                             18"x24" Oil on canvas

A large studio painting done from a small plein air study. The title (the name of the lighthouse) refers to the large rocks made white by bird droppings. Painting this spot is a challenge because the large rock behind the peninsula fights with the lighthouse for center of interest.  I tried to mitigate this by making the lighthouse really bright. Still not sure if it worked.  The lighthouse is located  on California's central coast.  Incidentally, there used to be a glass covering on top of the structure, sheltering a large fresnel lens. When the operation was automated, the lens was removed and can now be seen in the center of the little town of Cambria.

 A week or so until I can auction available art.                       Mike
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