Incoming Tide – Dana Point – Karen Winters Daily Painting

Incoming Tide (at Dana Point) 16 x 20 – oil on canvas

OK, I’ll say it. This is probably one of my favorite paintings so far, for several reasons. I like the color, the composition, but mostly I like the energy and action of it and how it reminds me of being there. It’s good sized (for me) and was not painted on location but in the studio after a day of studying the waves on location. My reference photo was tempered with my very vivid memory of what the rock looked like, how the waves moved, the feeling of the day, the spray of the surf. And I can hardly wait to get back to the ocean to study some more.

This brings me back to the Jerry Stitt watercolor demo I went to a few months ago. He said instead of painting things, paint what the things are doing. In this painting the rocks are thrusting up, the waves are curling with energy as they rush forward, the water is pulling under the wave, swirling. The spray is flying, whipped by the wind. The distant horizon water is lying flat (at least at this distance.) The clouds have motion in the sky, but not so much that they are competing with the waves for attention. The brushstrokes all seek to express this movement. I hope that the viewer can feel my act of painting this, and in so doing participate in my experience of being there when I observed the scene.


  1. moncler outlet
    April 16, 2016

    It are goіng to written your market garment industry, the cosmetics industry and decoration industry. 2011 spring and summer moncler italia jackets most recent products, you сould find thе designer’s male leggings collocation iѕ shorts. Tight pants don’t treasure for women tо match thеir hosiery. For men’s fashion show clothes held eаch оld brand is as wеll аs more morе big situation. Can they mеan consumers are іn high concern?
    moncler outlet

  2. nike air max 2012 bimba
    April 21, 2016

    I’ve been exploring for a little bit for any high-quality articles or weblog posts in this sort of house . Exploring in Yahoo I finally stumbled upon this site. Studying this information So i’m happy to show that I’ve a very excellent uncanny feeling I came upon just what I needed. I such a lot unquestionably will make certain to do not forget this web site and give it a glance on a relentless basis.
    nike air max 2012 bimba

  3. kyrie 2
    April 21, 2016

    20160411In fact, few people know that garage is initially for Nike, [url=]stephen curry shoes[/url] so why did he break up with the [url=]kyrie 2[/url]world’s most powerful sports brand company?The UA, is how to realize the rob one of the biggest market in this century?
    kyrie 2

  4. nike cross trainer 2
    April 21, 2016

    Appreciating the dedication you put into your website and in depth information you present. It’s nice to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same outdated rehashed material. Great read! I’ve saved your site and I’m adding your RSS feeds to my Google account.
    nike cross trainer 2

  5. ray ban occhiali tondi
    April 22, 2016

    I’m not sure exactly why but this web site is loading incredibly slow for me. Is anyone else having this issue or is it a problem on my end? I’ll check back later on and see if the problem still exists.
    ray ban occhiali tondi

  6. nike air max grijs blauw
    April 22, 2016

    I’ve been browsing on-line greater than three hours as of late, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It is lovely worth sufficient for me. In my opinion, if all site owners and bloggers made excellent content material as you probably did, the web might be a lot more helpful than ever before.
    nike air max grijs blauw

  7. ray ban clubmaster braun orange
    April 23, 2016

    First off I want to say excellent blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your head before writing. I’ve had a hard time clearing my mind in getting my thoughts out there. I do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are usually lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or hints? Appreciate it!
    ray ban clubmaster braun orange

  8. nike air max 2011 női
    April 23, 2016

    Hey! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any issues with hackers? My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing many months of hard work due to no backup. Do you have any methods to stop hackers?
    nike air max 2011 női

Leave a Comment

You can use these HTML tags:
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>