48. Hug Point Sunset

Following a Christmas Day hike along the Oregon Coast, my family and I stopped to watch the sunset from Hug Point, a small cove of a beach just south of Cannon Beach. The sun had been pretty much obscured for most of the hike. But just as we reached this beach, the sun descended below the level of the distant clouds. As we looked out towards the sunset, we could see that the wet sand and shallow water extended hundreds of feet towards the surf. With the sun at such a low angle, the wet surface reflected light as a mirror. What had been such a grey day had suddenly become full of dazzling color.

In this piece, I experiment using various metallic oil pastels (pearl, bronze, gold, turquoise, aluminum, ruby…) to capture the effects of low-angle sun on water. Although the first-break waves here are tremendously powerful, booming with explosions of white spray, the final wavelets that pulse across the sand are only a few millimeters high as they finish their journey across the Pacific Ocean.


I have designated this piece as part of my #ArtForGood project, where all proceeds from the sale are donated to a nonprofit organization. For this piece, all proceeds are donated to support the Sierra Club Foundation, a nonprofit supporting environmental education & advocacy. Donations are tax-deductible.


  • Medium Sennelier oil pastels on Canson Aquarelle Rag, 240gm
  • Dimensions 15.5″ x 7.5″, mounted, double-matte (in colors, as shown) 18” x 14”, unframed, cello-bagged
  • Donation US$175, free shipping
  • Availability Date March 21, 2020
  • Status Sale in progress to a private collector


~ by Delfino on 2019/12/17.

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