Thursday, August 25, 2016

Stalwart Sentinel

“Stalwart Sentinel”      Pastel        12” x 16”       $200        © Sharon Lewis
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            For some reason I’ve always been fascinated by lighthouses. It could be because they combine my love of being close to the ocean as well as my love of history – for they always have interesting histories associated with lighthouses. I think that they’re also special because in earlier years, they were staffed by individuals watching the sea, ready to respond whenever needed. Nowadays, most are fully automated and don’t have resident lighthouse keepers.
 On the west coast of Oregon, we ran across a cool lighthouse in a beautiful area called Yaquina Head. I found out that the Yaquina Head Lighthouse is Oregon’s tallest lighthouse and it’s been an active light since August 1873.
Happy Almost Weekend!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Look Both Ways

“Look For Both Ways”        Pastel            5” x7”           $50           © Sharon Lewis
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            On a recent trip to the Big Sur area,  we were lucky enough to stumble across an amazing restaurant perched on a cliff side with the most gorgeous views of  rocky promontories, windswept trees, and of course the blue-green water below. It’s called the Rocky Point Restaurant. The food is delicious, the service excellent, and after eating you can hike the area around the restaurant. I must have taken hundreds of photos of this area which I’ll be painting from for weeks! This painting is based on photos I took from the parking lot when I looked away from the ocean. I did a bit of editing of course but was pleasantly surprised to find this beautiful view from such a mundane place as a parking lot. It reminds me to follow the advice parents give children to look both ways.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016


  “Harmony”               Pastel                5” x 7”                    $50                © Sharon Lewis
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With so much ugliness in the news, I find myself drawn to painting peaceful scenes that remind me of the beauty as well as the harmony that there is in the world. This painting is based on some of my photos of a foggy coast with the only sounds that of gulls, some small children laughing in the distance, and the rhythmic sound of the waves. Ahhhhhh.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Gull at Inner Ledge

“Gull at Inner Ledge”            Pastel                5” x 7”               $50               © Sharon Lewis
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            This gull was just standing peacefully, gazing out into his or her domain, glowing in   the late afternoon sun. It would be so nice to be here, with the sounds of the angry political voices replaced by the rhythmic sounds of the waves and seabirds calling to each other.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Foggy Day

"Foggy Day"         Pastel         5" x 7"         $50         © Sharon Lewis
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            We saw a lot of fog and mist while we were in Oregon and California, which made good photos a little challenging. However, I found out that all of the fog and mist we saw each morning is how the redwoods get much of their moisture. Given how amazing these majestic trees are, what’s a little fog and mist? Besides, I think it lends an air of mystery to this painting I did of the beautiful western coast of the US.