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Coastal Maine Rocks

August 3, 2013
Coastal Maine 1A

Coastal Maine, 11×14, Gouache

Standing on a rocky shoreline, edging out as far as I felt comfortable, I watched the tide come in.  The combination of the rise and fall of the water, the waves crashing up over the rocks, and the sound of it all reminds one of the awesome power of the sea.  A number of great masters were able to convey that in their paintings, Thomas Moran, William Trost Richards, Albert Bierstadt, J.M.W. Turner, Winslow Homer, to name a few.  In preparing to post this painting, I discovered Marine Oil Paintings, a blog which presents work not only from 19th Century artists, but contemporary masters as well.  For a seascape novice like me, it should become a wonderful resource.

An old friend who saw this painting commented that the scene was very different from the Gulf Coast where we grew up, where the surf folds over in rows out from the shore, then slides onto wet sand.  That’s hard enough to paint.  The water movement against the rocks in Maine is something else again.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. David Rowe permalink
    August 5, 2013 11:01 am

    Ralph, that is definitely one of your better works. Congratulations on capturing a difficult scene and presenting it to the viewer with great fidelity.

  2. margaretquin permalink
    August 5, 2013 12:18 pm

    Hi Ralph, Like this one!! Good job!!

    Margaret Quin, Sent from my iPhone

  3. Kathryn Born permalink
    August 16, 2013 2:53 pm

    Hi Ralph. I have been a subscriber the last two years or so. I love your work. I grew up in Maine. I am wondering if the painting “Coastal Maine” 11 x 14 is for sale. Best Regards,
    Kathryn

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