A rivulet of water wends its way gently through the sand, creating a path through the grass. The breeze blows softly on a warm, peaceful, coastal day.
Such is the allure and call of the ocean and its coast: it’s a big, grand place, and when there are beaches of sand through which to stroll and daydream, it is a place of thought, quiet, tranquility, and wonder.
Low Tide, the artwork, invites the viewer to enter into just such a place of wonder and quiet. This particular stretch of beach is located in the Central Oregon Coast, on the Pacific Ocean side of the United States. While the weather here is not known for being balmy (even in the summer, serious surfers wear wet suits to keep hypothermia at bay), there are days in which the sun shines warmly and the breeze blows barely with a whisper. It is on these days that finds a hillock of sand, often within a cluster of sea grass, and settles in for an afternoon of watching the ocean surf and hearing its rhythmic, hypnotic, and gentle sound.
Low Tide finds us at the end of just such an afternoon, and the sun is heading on its downward trajectory to the western horizon. By this time, one puts on a jacket or windbreaker and strolls closer to the surf, and if one has had the sense to kick off the shoes and go barefoot, then it is no problem walking through the puddles of water left behind by the last large wave.
This is a time to reflect, to close one’s eyes and feel the salt in the air, to marvel at the sheer quantity of water, and how it stretches far beyond what anyone could see. It’s unfathomable, really – and this is a comforting thought, as we realize that we don’t HAVE to fathom everything in order to enjoy the experience, or live through the day, but can rest in the thought that our Earth is a grand, beautiful, mighty place – created by a grand, beautiful, mighty God.
Featured in 40 Fine Art America groups.
March 13th, 2017
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