Ecstatic Skies—North Of The Ozette

November 2022

Brian Mahieu

Ecstatic Skies—North Of The Ozette
Olympic Coast Series, number six
Olympic coast north of the Ozette River
oil on canvas
30 X 40 X 1.75 inches

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Ecstatic Skies—North Of The Ozette

Backpacking between Lake Ozette and Shi Shi Beach on a beautiful summer morning, I looked back and saw a lone yellow puddle of light on the beach with this magnificent sky exploding over head. “That’s a painting!” I exclaimed.  I love the sense of deep space in this painting with the distant sea stacks emerging from the mists, rocks covered with bladder wrack and sea lettuce in the foreground and the vault of the sky overhead. I used at least ten blue pigments in this painting, large brushes, lots of painting medium and gestural brushwork  to evoke the dynamism and beauty of the coast merging land, sky and sea.

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