Archive for August, 2011
Not far east of here is Doris Place Boat Ramp. It is up Coos River a couple of miles where it is strategically placed close to the fork of the Coos and Millicoma Rivers. The driveway squeezes past a huge barn and opens to a large parking lot for vehicles with boats. Near the ramp is a grass area with one picnic table. All the land east and west is dairy farms and the breeze occasionally carries a “very reminder cows and farm odor” of my youth.
First to hit my visual senses was the movement of the water and the nuances in the pilings – so, that is what I concentrated in this collage.
I’ve been to Saunders Lake before but never its park/boat ramp. It is a very comfortable, well taken care of and scenic park. I will definitely return to do more of its wide variations in landscape. It’s about 7 miles north and just barely off of US Hwy 101 – in fact, the driveway in and along side of the park is Hwy 101 of the 40′s & 50′s.
The scene I selected is a very quiet pond next to the lake. I was intrigued with the layering of quiet colors of water, flora, and logs.
I’ve been to the dunes quite often and have thought about capturing the vastness of and the interplay of so many different parts of the area.
Hauser Dunes is 8-10 miles north on hwy 101 near Lakeside and runs in with the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. I wanted the landscape a vertical because I loved the two vast beautiful cool (sky) and warm (sand) colors competing with each other – therefore, each got almost half the scene. The middle was fun with collaging vegetation and smaller sand areas – it all helped to put some rhythm, action, and depth into composition. Also, the curving of the sand winding back into space added more to perspective and movement. The ocean wasn’t visible but, I raised (high tide) it – deeper space & strong blue.
At Bennett I was greeted with lots of texture – from the ground up to old growth forest. Here I used Golden Extra Heavy Gel (Matte), Decor Sand, acrylics, and collage elements to express the character of the park.
A drive west from Riverton to very near Bandon is a small, restive county space for a park. It has one picnic table and dedication plaque to Judah Parker. His bio can be found on internet. I was intrigued by the darkness that backup, deep brush presented – let me collage with a variety of darks in one area.