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Monday, May 10, 2010

Rock Solid!








































I will not describe our Cape introduction-to-winter weather! Suffice to say it is known as The Cape of Storms/Cabo des Tormentos! I do not venture far out on the West Coast and rather paint the scenes that are close by. This very square old rock thrones over many low rows of jagged serrated points. I see it every time I can get my lazybones out of bed to take a beach walk.

After doing the painting, I found among my photos of the last five years many different images. There it stands, darkish, split into three layers so very long ago! The side that is always facing the sun looks as if it has been bleached a lighter colour. Over the top and down the sides, like icing, runs the white lines of calcified guano left by the visiting local seagulls and black cormorants.

The scene changes. Birds come and go, the tide ebbs and flows, the mists come down and lift again, but it sits there proudly, patiently! I think I will name this painting: "Rock Solid".

26 comments:

  1. Lovely painting Marie, I just love beaches that have rocks and boulders, like Clifton and most the beaches in Ballito - it's lovely to find your favourite rock (sometimes difficult with the shifting sands!) and just sit and watch the ocean and ships passing by...

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  2. Hi Maree,thank you, we forget about ships when down there as they are almost invisible. Too many ships were wrecked in the past, so they stay very far from the coast.

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  3. This is so beautiful, Marie. Each photo is a new look at a beautiful scene and your painting does it so gorgeously.

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  4. Love it! Did not know that a painting of a rock can make me hear the ocean and feel the icy cold Atlantic ocean on my feet and the ocean spry in my face.

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  5. Hi Marie! You are one of my facebook friends. I discovered your blog. I also blog about my daily plein aire experiences, but in Maine, USA! I am doing a Maine May Painting Marathon right now! Join me? I have finished 20 paintings in 9 days! All 5x7. Fun! Http://www.ReneeLammers.com Your area is beautiful! I live on the ocean as well. I will continue to read your blog.

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  6. Thank you, Sherry and Helen!

    Susan, thanks for looking me up. I will follow your challenge! Not joining in though as I have to put 25 works on exhibition on Saturday. I love what I have learnt of Maine so far and have many blog friends there. You all seem to get along so pleasantly!

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  7. I love rock formations and you've captured this one beautifully! A belated Happy One Year Anniversary for your blog Marie. You're is one of I always enjoy reading, learning and viewing all the parts of your post.

    That Bokkom is something I'd love to try one of these days!

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  8. Thank you Sheila, hope you have been well? I thought your last expressionistic piece was really something, so very moving! Beyond good!!! And brave girl for wanting to try some different food!

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  9. Hi Marie!!
    Your painting is beautiful and the images are gorgeous!! I just adore rock formations. I vacationed in Bar Harbor, Maine, last Fall and the rocks there were also amazing!!

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  10. Marie, lovely. The sea is so powerful and rocks so strong. They arouse strong emotions when I am at the coast. Mother nature at her most powerful. You've captured them well.

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  11. Thank you, Manon and Mary! I feel the same about rocks. I think this was the post I enjoyed most of all!Wish I could see your faraway rocks too!

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  12. Ah this is such a West Coast Solid Rock Marie! You've caught the rock formation beautifully. And as for this Winter! Been something so far, hasn't it!

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  13. Thank you, Liz. It is my favourite and best-known rock. Yes, winter arrived so fast, what a shock! Of course the fields are greening as winter is our "green season"!

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  14. Rocks always provide such beautiful energy at beach areas!!! Love those photos showing all of this rock's personalities.

    I find rocks rather difficult to paint... thus I guess I need to practice.

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  15. You did a wonderful job on the rocks. But then, all of your art work is great. You are lucky to have such beautiful scenery around you.
    Jean

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  16. Wonderful job on the painting, Marie!! Love the photos, too!

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  17. Thank you, Marian. I find that I limit my palette for the rocks to yellow ocre, Prussian Blue, black, umber and white.

    Thank you both Jeans. I appreciate your comments! Jean Levert Hood, I got the idea for all the photos from one of your posts!

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  18. I love browsing through your blog and reading all the interesting commentary that goes with your beautiful paintings Marie. You have captured a wonderful scene with your 'Rock Solid' Bravo!
    Brace yourself for your winter!!!!

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  19. Hi Debbie, It is amazing how the comments also become part of the post! People are contributing to a story from all over the world.

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  20. I was just in Bermuda and was amazed at the rocks and water there. It was warm blues, sunny and very inviting. Your winter painted rocks are strong and so are your photos. It is amazing what emotions colors can convey. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. I find that very interesting, Maria. I often wonder about the blue hues in rocks, certainly that is also a reason why faraway rocks are so blue. Thank you for the visit!

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  22. Marie, I love the way you captured the atmosphere of the beach around the solid rock formation. The skies are also lovely... a very solid painting indeed.

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  23. What a wonderful painting! You captured the feeling of the massive rock and the smell and light of the ocean. Just terrific! Love all the photos which add to the mystery.

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  24. Thank you, Theresa and Linda, this painting is also one of my favorites.

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