Lapis Shadows—Sunset

August 2023

Brian Mahieu

Lapis Shadows—Sunset
August 17, 2023 10:00 pm
Olympic Coast series, number fifteen
Shi Shi Beach, Olympic National Park
oil on canvas
20 X 30 X 1.75 inches
Private Collection

Wading among the seastacks at Point of the Arches as the sunset burns in the western sky is a transcendent experience. As darkness envelops the foreground, the rock formations become soft and velvety and it seems huge slabs of malachite and lapis are rising from the sea against an incandescent backdrop.

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