"When the wind picks up and sends waves crashing into offshore rocks and rugged headlands, it is time to leave the 'stormy coast' for a warm shelter to watch from the comfort of pleasant surroundings."
Artist comment: "Grey is my favorite color. Painting the sea is my favorite past time. Living in the Pacific Northwest affords me ample opportunity to indulge in that passion. It therefore follows that a good number of my paintings are of grey days and stormy seas. In this oil painting on stretched canvas, I chose to portray a headland with one haystack rock just offshore. Using a simple palette consisting of black and white with just a hint of greyed green for the translucency, I began with a sketch to fix the composition, then proceeded to paint from the top of the canvas steadily on down to the rocks in the foreground. First, I painted the two waves that show a tiny bit of translucency. Then, I began the floating foam pattens with an off white. Where the splash meets the rocks, I lightened the white a little bit more. That same off-white was used for the runoff on the rocks, and the highlights on the tops of the waves. I made sure the headlands showed diminishing value as they receded toward the misty horizon. All in all I am pleased with the painting of the `stormy coast."