Personal Challenge – Rocks/Boulders Studies: #8 Foreside Cove

This scene is natures way of saying, slow down and enjoy   .  .  .

Foreside Cove painting (oil pastel, 4×6) is of an inlet that is located at the end of our street in Maine – such a beautiful place.  If you look to the back of the scene the opening between the two slices of land – that’s leads you to the open ocean.  When the tide was out the water, hitting the rocks, gets sucked out almost 20 – 30 yards so far in fact you can walk all the way out on sand and small pebbles.  AND, when the tide was out you’d see evidence of clams just under the sand by the little spurts of water shooting out of the sand every now and then.  We couldn’t go clamming though, it was illegal without a license.  Gosh I loved it there.

The bank of rocks up and down the beach along this Cove is made up of large slabs of slanting rocks/boulders.   The further up the coast of Maine the slabs take on shades of gray, than the ones around where I lived – they were more of tans, rusts and beige colors.

The oil pastel painting was done on Strathmore Pastel Paper – I rarely use this paper because it leaves checks and takes a tremendous amount of oil pastel paint to fill them in.  But, this is a study and I have lots of this stuff – so I figured it was a good way to start clearing my supply.

Enjoy a little taste of Maine ~

Foreside Cove, #8

Foreside Cove, #8



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46 Responses to Personal Challenge – Rocks/Boulders Studies: #8 Foreside Cove

  1. Even though you have a strong diagonal in this piece, the feeling is so peaceful. Lovely.

  2. I love your use of blue–whatever the subject. Thank you for stopping by my blog. Very kind of you. My best regards.

  3. You are so good. I love this scene. I live in Washington. I don’t think we could be farther apart. Yet, your scenery, looks so much like ours. Lots of evergreens, the sea. I guess it’s because we’re the same latitude (or is it longitude?). This is great.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Kerry, thank you very much – I do think Maine and Washington areas are very similar with evergreens, only Washington has some great elevations that Maine doesn’t even come close in matching.

  4. Eva PoeteX says:

    I’d love to be there right now! 🙂

  5. Leya says:

    Wonderful, Mary. The softness and calm – tomorrow I will tread into your frame…We’re going a last time to our summer house before winter. Your land/seascape could have been painted from there!

    • Mary says:

      Ah Ann-Christine thank you very much. I know how special your summer place is to you and the visuals of the sea going to and from, remembered your photographs from when you arrived this past Summer. Thank you and I’ll be thinking about you as you head home. (I’ve been wondering how your elections are going, knowing you are in charge of the voting polling station in your town.)

      • Leya says:

        Thank you, Mary! I’ve just posted about the elections…don’t feel too well about them. Thank you also for directing me to poetry! Lovely lady and delightful poems!

  6. Jane Lurie says:

    This captures the feeling of Maine, Mary. Lovely.

  7. I love the ocean, I live on the ocean too and enjoy the tides coming and going! Beautiful study, peaceful, serene, highly enjoyable just as in real life!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Eva, I miss the ocean – no doubt about it, you are so lucky. So glad you could feel the scene and enjoy its richness. Aren’t those tides great – loved walking way out.

  8. aFrankAngle says:

    My eye caught the tree;s shadow, which (to me) brings out the rock.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Frank – glad the elements of interest kind of took you through the scene. It was a wonderful subject to paint. You guys need to go to Maine (during the later part of July and early August – best weather), it’s a great place to visit.

  9. ĽAdelaide says:

    There’s a softness to your rocky beach, almost as if it’s rocky. and that blue is so stunning, there are no words that come to me… xxx have a lovely weekend!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Linda, thank you! You’re right about the softness and that’s do to the Strathmore pastel paper which is it great for, but lousy for oil pastel – tough to get harder edges. When it’s a clear day, the colors are gorgeous. Thank you and have a beautiful weekend.

  10. Gallivanta says:

    How lovely. Have you been away from Maine for awhile?

  11. Painting for Joy says:

    Sounds like a wonderful place! I love the ocean. Always wanted to visit Maine. Your beautiful paintings allow me to do so! 🙂

  12. dorannrule says:

    This is really beautiful. I love the light in the distance and I can almost hear the water lapping at those slick slanty rocks. Great work Mary! As always.

  13. Another excellent work, Mary

  14. Ah, yes indeed :”slow down and enjoy”!!! So peaceful and beautiful, Mary! 🙂 xx

  15. Just perfect, Mary…
    —Your maine-iac friend 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Cynthia – happy you enjoyed it! I really played up the blues on this study – many of our days at the shore was so gray that when the sun was out, nothing prettier. I have a similar scene that will probably paint for my husband 22×26, should take me forever with my little sticks – but I don’t think he’ll mind.

  16. John says:

    Great work! You live on the southern edge of the Canadian Shield, those rocks are likely some of the oldest rocks visible on the surface of the planet.

    • Mary says:

      Thank John for your nice comment! When we moved to Maine I took a geology class at a local university – they took us out on a mail run boat (they drop off mail daily to the residents of the Maine coast islands), was an interesting venture.

  17. Beautiful piece Mary. It looks like a memory.

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