Thursday, January 20, 2011

MacDonald Head, November and December

In late November and early December, we had three or four Mondays in a row that brought big storms, and big waves, and high winds. So I would head out to MacDonald Head with Shorty, the sketchbook, and a camera, and catch whatever I could. And then dash back to the studio, dry off, and get back to work.
This is the first one; the wind was strong enough to make standing very difficult, but we tried working our way up from Stony Beach. Until a squall came in. It's a marvellous site until it's directly overhead...oil on canvasboard, 11x14

Another day we headed out - this one was cold and damp, with long rolling breakers coming into the outlet between Stony Beach and the eastern end of Conrad's, and grey foggy skies. In a funny way, it's my favourite weather. That cad yellow really is to harsh though. Oil on canvasboard, 9x12

During another storm, Shorty & I went climbing around on the head, which resulted in this picture. The offshore buoys were recording waves of 25+ feet, inshore I guess they were around 10-15 ft, though it's very hard to judge. What struck me then - and it's something that often does during these storms - was the odd colour of the light, particularly in the fog that rolled in and out. Oil on canvasboard, 10x14

But the storm moved off quickly; as it cleared the double layer of clouds stood out, and the rosy tints off to the south, and the sea which had been beaten into a froth. Oil on canvasboard, 10x14

And the next day? Back to something more serene.Oil on canvas, 11x14.

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