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Marina Beach Sunset

Marina Beach Sunset, 12×16, oil on panel

The large wall of dunes stretches for over 13 miles on the southeastern side of Monterey Bay.  They are the highest found on the Central Coast, and provide a habitat for birds and animals rarely seen elsewhere, like a living fabric interwoven with a diversity of strands of life. This strip of land is steadily changing from wind and wave forces but provides a barrier for the inland areas.  

Right in the middle, the dunes divide to Marina State Beach with an easily accessible sandy beach and steady winds that make it a popular place for kite flying and para gliding.  Year ’round you’re likely to see dolphins playing in the waves, plus sail and fishing boats from Monterey and Moss Landing.  Sunsets at Marina State Beach are a daily community event, bringing out locals and visitors alike.

Although we now live close to the dunes, the study for this painting was a photo I took some years back during one of my participations in the Carmel Art Festival.  

A couple years ago I did a small painting of this, but wanted to do a larger one.  Enjoy this new painting from the Neff Studio.

Next up, look for a short drone video…

Marina Dunes Pathway

“Marina Dunes Pathway”, 16×20, oil on panel

Huge sand dunes line the southeastern side of Monterey Bay, some, I am guessing, over 60 feet high.   Created by the constant ocean and winds, the dunes form a barrier between the bay and inland areas such as the towns of Marina and Seaside, plus the fertile Salinas Valley.  The dunes are a patchwork of sand, ice-plant, grasses, and other vegetation.  Wildlife is also found here with shorebirds, raccoons, coyotes, squirrels, and a unique legless lizard.

At one time, when this was part of Fort Ord, the dunes were populated with rifle ranges, munition depots, and other military installations.  There was even an immense officers club and recreational facility overlooking the bay, which eventually fell into disrepair as the coast eroded beneath.

We frequently take walks along the coastal dunes of Monterey Bay near our new home in Marina.  This painting is a pathway to Marina Dunes Beach and Preserve.  What drew me to this scene is the late afternoon sun filtering through the trees and lighting up the colorful ice-plant.  The ocean was not visible from this viewpoint but I wanted to orient the viewer to where you are. So, I did use a little artists license, and removed some of the dunes so you could see the bay and surf.  I did this piece several months ago, but was not entirely satisfied, so dabbled on it a bit off and on.   I might dabble a bit more, but call it finished…for now.

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