Marsh Study by Brad Betts. Music excerpt from the song “Groceries” by Ben Betts, @benbettsmusic from the album REVELING.
Storm Surf on Ocean Point is a 30” x 40” commission. The clients requested a painting of surf that was powerful yet reflective of the beauty of Ocean Point. I did 6 plein air and studio studies of the surf and rocks at one requested location until I found the composition I was looking for.
In the final painting, I attempted to capture the power of the incoming surf: distant white caps, a translucent wave just beginning to break, another curled and crashing against the rocks. To achieve the beauty, I focused on the time just after a storm, when the sea is still churning rough and wild but the skies are parting and peaks of sun are breaking through the clouds and lighting up the rocks and water in a moment of promise. I also strived to capture the sense of calm that we witness in even the wildest of storms… between the crashing waves, when water pools in soft reflections and gently spills like waterfalls.
The studies completed for this commission are available for purchase:
I wanted Maine blueberry pie… so I painted it!
The old stable below the barn. Experimenting with watercolors this winter and tried to capture timelessness in this sketch - the abandoned bird’s nest in the rafters, old bit on the wall, stacks of lumber leaning below the gate - offset by the present, in the freshly made footsteps in the snow and the cast of the mid-day sun’s shadows.
“Surf in Winter Storm”, 9x12 watercolor by Brad Betts, ASMA