Thursday, April 14, 2016

Pacific Northwest Lighthouses - Yaquina Head

In mid-March, we started having breaks in the winter rains that kept us indoors for nearly five months.  It was also whale watch season along the Oregon Coast in nearby Lincoln City, Depoe Bay and Newport, all within an hour drive of my home studio. 

My rain gauge measured 13.5 inches since the beginning of 2016, a very disturbing fact for a plein air watercolorist who had just relocated from dry and sunny days (years) in the Bay Area of California.

My intention in visiting these locations was to study and photograph the atmospheric skies of the Oregon Coast and to capture lighthouses in fog, clouds and mist. On March 19th, I sat on a bench near the Yaquina Head Lighthouse and attempted to plein air paint. The wind, mist and cool temperatures made it impossible to set up a plein air easel.  Instead, I used a Pitt pen and small travel set of watercolors. Later in the afternoon, there were breaks in the clouds with sunshine streaming on the lighthouse. I returned home and began studio painting the next day.

Yaquina Head Lighthouse  12 x 16 -Transparent Watercolor

Plein Air Pen & Ink

Yaquina Head Light - Springtime

I have always loved visiting the seashore and fishing ports of Gloucester, Rockport, Marblehead and Salem while living in New England. I was pleasantly surprised by the beauty and ruggedness of Newport, a thriving commercial fishing port in Northwest Oregon. 

My next endeavor is to create paintings from the many reference photos taken at Newport Harbor.

Stay tuned.

-  Anna Jacke

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