Newport Beach Painting – Sunset Surf – California impressionist marine seascape

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Sunset Surf (at Newport Beach, CA)
8 x 10 oil on linen on board

During those times of year when the landscape has shed its fall color, and before spring color appears, sunsets continue to charm the colorist in me.

Newport Beach is one of my favorite subjects for painting – from Balboa Island with its charming shops and village ambience, to the spectacular sunsets of the beach and back bay.

While visiting the Laguna Art Museum recently for the Wm. Wendt exhibit, I saw some paintings by Laguna painter Frank Cuprien and was captivated by the way he captured the luminesence of the surf when the day was drawing to a close. When I saw a Newport sunset with those same opal tones, I was tempted to give it a try.

Try this: This is a small painting, a study, just 8 x 10 inches. To see it as it is meant be seen, enlarge the picture then stand back from your monitor about 8-10 feet, if you have the room. It looks different, doesn’t it? Whenever I am painting up at the Descanso Gallery, people come up to see what I’m doing, standing about 3 feet from the painting. I think that I can read their minds sometime as they see the expressionistic brush strokes, which look coarse in close up. So I walk them back a short distance, as in a living room or dining room and then have them look again. They are almost always surprised at the difference.

This is one of the inherent problems with showing work online when your viewer is sitting right next to the monitor. So … give it a try, stand back and see the difference.

To see more of my seascapes, visit my seascape gallery page.


  1. Leslie Saeta
    February 13, 2009

    I love the colors in this painting! The blue along the edge of the wave is fantastic! Great painting.

  2. Casey
    February 15, 2009

    Wow – I want to just dive into that surf. Lovely job, Karen.

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