Carmel Coast 2, Oil on Linen, 11x14

Carmel and Sorolla

As I start to prepare for the San Luis Obispo Plein Air show in October, I’ve been referring back to photos from my recent plein air painting trip to paint studio work.  What struck me about this scene was the strong contrast between the sea and sun-lit land, much as represented in by Sorolla in his incredible works of the Spanish coast (like this one).  It’s a meeting of two worlds, which is what interests me so much about seascapes.

Carmel Coast 2, Oil on Linen, 11x14
Carmel Coast 2, Oil on Linen, 11x14

This was pretty difficult to photograph, by the way.  The water is deeper and more varied with subtle greens.  It’s seems it’s difficult for the camera to pick up both those details and the subtle land colors at the same time.

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