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I Dream of Haystack Rock

A long time ago, before Cannon Beach was mobbed 12 months out of the year by tourists, it was a perfect place for a boy to be. The beach was always inviting. There were rocks to climb, tide pools to play in, and sand to run in. No matter the weather, a boy could find something fun to do on the beach. Every day something new might turn up, a bottle with a letter in it, Japanese floats, or maybe just an amazing cloud formation. An energetic boy could run over the rocks like a mountain goat and get stronger and more agile.
I grew up within the confines of a city, so I cannot imagine how powerful and wonderful it would be to grow up with the ocean as your playground. My husband did just that.

This 11″ x 15″ handpainted watercolor painting is for sale $150

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  1. July 5th, 2012 at 11:32 | #1

    I am seeing a form and the cross inside the rock. Am I imagining or did you paint it that way. It is the most amazing painting and lovely story. Blessings, Janet PPF

  2. July 4th, 2012 at 05:54 | #2

    Lovely layering of colors! And the people detail is a wonderful detail.

  3. July 3rd, 2012 at 17:49 | #3

    This looks like an immense rock. What a beautiful place to be.

    Tossing It Out

  4. July 2nd, 2012 at 14:29 | #4

    What a lovely rock and the story around it!

    I am having my cat painting framed and will give to my son. His cat Scuba looked just like that!

    Hope this finds you strong and well. My prayers are with you as you care for your husband.

  5. July 1st, 2012 at 15:46 | #5

    What beautiful colors! I’ve never been fond of ocean swimming but my mother loves it – and I love walking along the tidepools and seeing what there is to see! Happy (belated) PPF!

  6. July 1st, 2012 at 13:52 | #6

    Dear Mimi, in a comment you left on my blog you said that your husband is dying. Is he sharing with you in these last days/weeks/months his stories of growing up? I wonder if that’s something we do–talk about our past as we get ready to face an unknown future.

    The painting is evocative and your text really shares with us a time and a place and the joy of childhood.


  7. July 1st, 2012 at 12:50 | #7

    This is very beautiful, with such a peaceful and solid atmosphere. How wonderful to live in such a wild and natural beauty!

  8. July 1st, 2012 at 01:37 | #8

    Oh how you made a rock look so gorgeous!! Really special work!!

    Hugs Giggles

  9. July 1st, 2012 at 00:51 | #9

    It’s beautiful, the colors are so inviting. I can see from your art why people are drawn to it…

  10. June 30th, 2012 at 17:51 | #10

    What a great use of color to create such dimension and depth! Love the touches of blue!

  11. June 30th, 2012 at 16:19 | #11

    Great hidden colors in your red rock. I think you must know it well.

  12. June 30th, 2012 at 12:05 | #12

    wonderful the lightness of the sea and the sky against the density from the rock!! happy PPF 🙂

  13. June 30th, 2012 at 02:28 | #13

    Hey ! thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment, that made me discover your awesome paintings !!
    I used to paint watercolors but stopped 3 years ago, I was not good enough. But I guess I will paint again… one day. For the moment I have fun doing mixed-media !
    Nice to meet you on line 😉

  14. June 29th, 2012 at 19:49 | #14

    what a magical place! I love the colours of the rock – I agree that must have been quite a treat

  15. June 29th, 2012 at 18:46 | #15

    What an absolutely gorgeous painting!
    Love the red hues in the rock!
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  16. June 29th, 2012 at 18:45 | #16

    That is a lovely painting. Enjoyed the story that went with it too. HPPF

  17. June 29th, 2012 at 15:11 | #17

    What a beautiful painting- I LOVE your color choices- gorgeous!
    Happy PPF,

  18. June 29th, 2012 at 10:03 | #18

    The colors in this are amazing. The whole thing looks truly magical…

  19. June 29th, 2012 at 08:32 | #19

    it sounds idyllic. isn’t it a shame that lovely places don’t get to stay lovely because we all want to go there – ironic, i guess. lovely watercolour which perfectly illustrates the narrative.

  20. June 29th, 2012 at 08:17 | #20

    Simply beautiful.

  21. June 29th, 2012 at 07:53 | #21

    Loving your haystack rock picture and thank you for the info. Happy PPF, Annette x

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