Moss Landing, revisited

Moss Landing
Oil on canvas
©2011 Giselle Gautreau

I love Moss Landing. Driving down Highway 1 toward Monterey, my eye is always drawn to the salt marshes & bright orange moss that is visible from the road. With the ever-present Pacific marine layer, the fog just makes this orange color glow. I started this canvas well over a year ago, and because it's a lot bigger than I normally work, it was very slow going. I'd put it away for a while, put it back on the easel, and continued to breathe life into it until I really captured that feeling... of that light-illuminated fog, the reflection of the water, and the glow of the orange moss. In this, I wanted the air to feel as palpable as the land.

Elkhorn Slough

Where Slough Meets Sea
Oil on canvas
©2010 Giselle Gautreau

This is a big canvas for me. I mean, really big. Most of my work falls into the 12" or less category, with my "big" paintings being at 20"x20". I loved working on this. Time and again, as I painted my landscapes on a small scale, I'd think "ah, but what if this were bigger?" There's something about walking into a room and being drawn in by the scale of the art. That's what this painting is for me. Maybe my new "small" will be the 20"x20".

Salt Marsh

Oil on paper
Image size is 4 x 6"
Matted and ready for framing
Outside dimension is 11 x 14"