This series is something a little different for me. I’ve been playing around in abstract with different mediums for a while now and decided my beach series needed to be a reflection of that. I drew on the colors, sounds, textures and movements of the ocean landscape as I laid brush to paper for this series. I was compelled by the stark contrast of the soothing calm of the ocean waves and the powerful ferocity it can bring, playful splashes and a smooth, calm dance of waves.
As soothing and calming as the ocean can be, it has an undeniably powerful ferocity to it. Subtle at times, it gently pulls you out and pushes you back to shore, ever so slightly as you lose your footing and gently roll with the waves.
On a recent beach vacation myself, I stole a moment by moonlight to gaze on the vast, deep blue and listen to the waves crashing in. So calming to listen to yet I couldn’t stop thinking about how powerful those waves were. The seemingly wild and untamed waves, each one dancing to their own rhythm and fading out onto the shore in uneven, jagged lines.
This series has truly been a labor of love. I have poured so much creative energy into this, not just the paintings themselves, but how they were presented.
Initially, I wanted them ready about a month ago, but I really wanted something a little different as far as presentation and it just took a little time to work it out. They somehow didn’t feel like they wanted to be popped into a frame.
So after careful consideration the bigger pieces were mounted to a gesso board slightly bigger than the painting itself as sort of a non-traditional frame.
As for the slightly smaller pieces, I wanted them to stand out a little more. I finally decided to mount them to a canvas panel (for stability) and attach a small piece of drift-wood between the painting and the gesso board, adding another dimension. It really adds some weight, literally and figuratively, and I love the statement it makes.
Dancing waves, playful dolphins, searching for seashells, unwinding your mind, the glow of an evening sunset, the vast, deep, mysterious, powerful, playful and tranquil blue waters.
You can find them all on my website under mixed media originals at www.recklessfaithart.com