If it weren’t for my zoom lens this scene would be out of bounds. But that’s what a painter (with a camera) can do – offer a chance to experience a place – in this case an outcrop usually reserved for birds.
The incoming tide over Bass Rocks in Gloucester provides complex geometrical problems for a painter. Not only is the scene constantly changing, but the perspective issues with eroded rock can be daunting. I spend more time thinking than actually painting on some days – calculating angles and imagining I’m a wave. Incrementally, I figure it out. I’m always relieved when the composition finally works, and it feels like how I remember it. Details below. Enjoy.