"Morning on the Coast"
Oil on Canvas 36" x 72"

I have painted some pretty atmospheric images over the years and wanted to address this large canvas with a composition incorporating that aspect of my repertoire. I borrowed a scene that I painted more than three years prior. I worked up a couple of simple sketches to create a new composition that fits into the long, narrow format. I drew out the composition on the canvas in charcoal and made adjustments while envisioning what I would do once I got started painting. As the painting progressed, there were many changes I made to accommodate the very complicated relationships that developed.

Looking down over a steep precipice is a challenging perspective. I have used it several times over the years, but always find it to be anything other than straigh-forward. This, combined with the atmosphere of a foggy morning gave me plenty to be challenged by.

Far Horizon Coast, oil painting by William Hays


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