I recently spent some time with my family exploring Pacific Rim National Park, on the west coast of Vancouver Island. It is one of our favourite places to visit. The beaches are incredible! One of the beaches that we always make a point of visiting is Florencia Bay Beach. It is a wild and desolate beach that almost has a spiritual feel to it. The surf always seems to be roaring wildly. There is a good size fresh water stream that feeds into the ocean on this beach. I really love the great variety of beach stones that can be found here. The stones come in all shapes, sizes, and colours, and I could happily spend many hours just wandering along this beach.
I just completed a small painting titled “On the Coast” that was inspired by our visit to Florencia Bay Beach. The painting has a great feel to it. I feel that with this painting, I have captured the feel of the churning surf, which is so typical of the wild west coast of Vancouver Island. This painting was painted on “gesso treated birch panel”, which was a first for me. I really liked the feel and look of working with acrylic paints on the smooth birch wood, and I plan to work with it in the future.