Art and environment go hand in hand in Cannon Beach, Oregon like no other place on the planet and in September the town celebrates that combination at the Earth & Ocean Arts Festival. The festival will showcase the wonders of the natural world and encourage environmental stewardship through a broad range of gallery exhibits, live art performances and events.

Jeff spent the 2021 festival weekend working on a painting to be auctioned off at the culmination of the festival. Proceeds from the auction were donated to the North Oregon Coast environmental non-profit of the winner’s choice. Additionally, Friends of Haystack Rock was at the gallery on Saturday to provide more information about their organization and programs, as well as to answer questions. Follow the link below for more information on other festival events.

Here is Jeff’s completed painting from the festival. (Footage of the process is available by searching our Facebook page, where we posted live segments of him work on this watercolor.)



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And here’s a summary of the 2019 Earth & Ocean Arts Festival painting and story.

Jeff painted in the gallery during the weekend enjoying the conversation and questions as everyone watched his painting develop. 100% of the winning bid of $5,700 was donated to the non profits represented during Earth & Ocean Arts Festival. (Thanks to Linda Gebhart and Greta Hartman for the photographs of the process.) What’s with the kiddie pool? Read on-


The background forest was first painted on bone dry watercolor paper.

After drying completely (overnight) the painting gets a bath for 20 minutes or so. It comes out completely saturated and floppy like a big noodle-

Next, wadding it up as tightly as possible. This is what creates the crinkle effect giving the painting its unique characteristics.

Flattened (sort of) back out. It’s still shiny wet!

Over the under-painting goes the washes of transparent watercolor to create the “mood”-

Establishing the location and character of the main tree-

Further developing the foreground tree at the beginning of day three.

Adding some “sizzle” with Holbein Gold pigment to the limbs, branches and trunk (detail)

The finished watercolor “Standing Together”.