Monday, April 05, 2010

Seascape Sea Gull on Rocky Maine Coast

Maine Seascape
Oil on Canvas
10 x 20
Disturb Us, Lord...

"Disturb us, Lord,
When we are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore...

From a writing by Sir Francis Drake, in 1577 
to read the complete piece click here

Last summer I took a trip to the East Coast and saw the rocky shore of Maine for  the first time. Our younger son had interned in Maine at  Acadia National Park and fell in love  - with the place, and with a beautiful young woman named Keegan. I am not sure which came first, but either way, I am glad he had the good sense to fall in love in Maine.  I fell in love once, a long time ago, and wound up in Woodward, Iowa. But that is another story. Anyway, the coastline is beautiful, filled with seascapes and landscapes that it would take a lifetime to paint  and I had a great time there. I didn't do any painting while I was visiting as we didn't stay long enough, but I took lots of photos. This painting was done from a combination of several photos and my memories of standing on the rocks and looking at the ocean. It was amazing for this land-locked Iowan to see, but even more amazing to hear the roar of those waves. For a little while I felt like that tiny gull gazing out across the vast ocean. Then he flew away and I was still standing on the rock, so the feeling left. 

This painting is an oil on canvas, wrapped and stretched. All the edges have been painted and no staples show, so that it may be displayed as is, without a frame. 20% of the sale price will be donated to Old Dog Haven. It will be listed on Daily Painters and Art Helping Animals tomorrow, April 5, and on Ebay later in the week.


Totally Timmy said...

What a beautiful painting.I just love the movement of the waves.

Northport Landing Gallery said...

Wonderful works of art. You do capture the true power of the Lord and all his glory. I would love to use your image at my Art Gallery. May I?

dellartist said...

Yes you may. Love your blog!