Artists flock to this region for it’s awe-inspiring natural beauty- this brand new art festival showcases artistic inspirations that raise awareness of the pristine coastal region through an appreciation of the arts. The Cannon Beach Gallery Group invites artists who represent the majestic ocean environment in their artworks, as well as artists who use their visual expressions to encourage preservation of the beaches, forests and waterways that make Cannon Beach such a unique and attractive location for visitors. Collaborating with local non-profits, a portion of festival proceeds will assist environmental organizations in maintaining protection of Oregon’s North Coast region.

POSTPONED: Please join us again in September 2021 for the 2nd Annual “Earth & Ocean Arts Festival”.


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For E & O in September 2019, 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 it’s unique characteristics.

Flattened (sort of) back out. It’s still shinny 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”.