After the Storm

This is the view from the back door of our son’s shore rental after a short but intense rainstorm came through, the same storm mentioned in my July 20th, 2017 post titled “Another Sunset”. What struck me was the contrast between the gray sky and the orange, alien monster-looking water tower. If I had any imagination I would have tried to make this an H.G. Wells-type illustration, with laser beams streaming from the tower and buildings catching on fire.

Sunrise

While on vacation one evening, our daughter and I set our alarms to get up early enough to watch the sun rise over the ocean. The show is every bit as spectacular as a sunset, only in reverse. This image is made from a photo, and I intended it to be a fast watercolor, but I so overworked it that I had to call in the gouache cavalry to save it.

Late Afternoon

Low cloud cover in the evening can obscure what would otherwise be a spectacular sunset. But nature still puts on a colorful display, even as the sun disappears before reaching the horizon. This is another view across a salt water bay. I used a painting that I did about ten years ago as the basis for this one. I am now copying myself.

Washout

One year our shore vacation was a total washout. It was sunny the day we arrived, and the day we left. In between was some of the worst weather we’ve ever experienced. High winds, torrential rains; one night the ocean breached the dunes and sent a few waves into the streets. After that the bay flooded the other side of the island. There was only one thing left to do. We put on our rain gear and hit the beach anyway.