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September on the Oregon coast

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Artist Emily Miller painting en plein air on the Oregon coast

This month, I spent a week traveling and painting along the Oregon coast with my good friend from Kauai, pastel and oil painter Helen Turner. We painted in beautiful locations from Cannon Beach all the way down to Port Orford, with the goal of visiting all Oregon's coastal lighthouses.

We saw gray whales feeding just off the coast of Yaquina Head Lighthouse, fog on the massive sand dunes north of Umpqua River Lighthouse, and golden afternoon light on the towering sea stacks in Bandon, near the Coquille River Light. I produced twelve new plein air watercolors, plus dozens of reference photos for future studio paintings. Check out the twelve plein airs below!

Cannon Beach from Ecola State Park
Cannon Beach from Ecola State Park
Haystack Rock and Tillamook Rock Lighthouse
Haystack Rock and Tillamook Rock Lighthouse
Fog at Devil's Kitchen
Fog at Devil's Kitchen
Golden Sunset, Bandon
Golden Sunset, Bandon
North from Cape Blanco
North from Cape Blanco
Coquille River Lighthouse, Bandon
Coquille River Lighthouse, Bandon
Evening at Lake Marie
Evening at Lake Marie
Fog at Neptune Beach North
Fog at Neptune Beach North
Sea Stacks at Siletz Bay
Sea Stacks at Siletz Bay
Yaquina Bay Dunes
Yaquina Bay Dunes
Yaquina Head Lighthouse from Cobble Beach
Yaquina Head Lighthouse from Cobble Beach
Cape Meares sea cliff
Cape Meares sea cliff

Plein air painting allows me to slow down and focus on the mood of a place, providing an opportunity to study shifting details of color, light and weather over time. It is both a challenging and meditative experience that creates a stronger bond with the location. I am more in love with the Oregon coast than ever, and I can't wait to get started on new artwork inspired by our journey.

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