Water, Skies, and Natural Landscapes from Oregon, Washington, and travels.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
MOTORBOATS AT NIGHT
Cloudy Sunrise, 6 x 8 oil on panel
As soon as the sun goes down, it begins. A sound like a motorboat, or maybe a dirt bike, but long sustained sound with short pauses. We are staying at Luana Kai, an oceanfront property with a spongy lawn in front, and a waterfilled ditch beside. And, as it turns out, a great place for frogs; Or in this case, toads, the infamous Rhinella marina, or Cane Toad. The call reminds me of the drawn-out tones of a didgeridoo, though the toads do eventually take a breath. Some nights there are one or two, some nights many. A toadly chorus to accompany the sound of waves.
As a plein air painter, I spend many contented hours sitting in some inspiring spot with the sights and sounds of the outdoors, capturing my impressions of light and color. Back in the studio, these works expand, recreating a particular place in a special moment.
To see my artwork, visit my website: