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Art of the Day: Saturday April 08, 2017

Yaquina Bay Lighthouse

- by Carol Thompson

This week's theme: I See The Light

The sun influences and orders our lives. During the day we are surrounded by sunlight. At night we must compensate for it's absence or withdraw from industry and activity until it's return. As aware as we are of the sun, we rarely see it. Most of us don't stand around staring at the sun, but rather observe the sun through the way it interacts with the world around us. This week's Art of the Day looks at the sun and some of the ways we experience it.

Art: Yaquina Bay Lighthouse by Artist Carol Thompson

"Yaquina Bay Light was lit in 1871 and darkened three years later.  Rather than being demolished, it was put to use as a crew station for the U. S. Lifesaving Service.  In the 1940's, it was taken over by the Lincoln County Historical Society and is now open to visitors.  It is Oregon's oldest wooden-framed lighthouse and was equipped with a fifth order Fresnel lens, which burned whale oil.  It is filled with 19th century furnishings and memorabilia."

Artist comment:  "Lighthouses have always been a subject of fascination to me.  My husband and I have travelled the coast of the Pacific northwest to visit them.  In my studio, I recreate the moment with oil on canvas.  I began this painting with a detailed sketch, paying attention to composition and balance on a mediuim sized canvas.  Starting with the sky, I worked my way from top to bottom, finishing each element as I went along.  The blue shadows were very important to dramatize the effect of sunlight.  I carefully painted the flag, then completed the grass and trees."

This image is available as a limited edition giclee print on paper and canvas from an original painting by Carol Thompson. Edition length is 3600 authorized, signed, limited edition prints (3500 numbered and 100 artist proofs). Please visit my website for prices and availability of the original painting.


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