Ocean paintings

Inspiration for my Paintings – Scenery Where I Live

Bodega Head Trail - ocean oil painting
Bodega Head Trail – 12″x12″ oil – sold

You might be wondering what inspires me to paint. A source of inspiration is the ocean, vineyard and farmland scenery where I live in Sonoma county, California.

A favorite, inspirational spot I visit often is the Bodega Head Trail, a 2 mile hike on high cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The weather and light is different every time, so I never get tired of it.

Local vineyards provide lots of inspiration too, especially in the fall with their yellow, orange and red colors.

Tune in next week for another source of inspiration for my paintings.


landscape paintings · Tropical paintings

Kee Beach, Kauai – Ocean Oil Painting

Kee Beach - ocean oil painting
Kee Beach – 20″x24″ oil

I painted Kee Beach, an ocean oil painting, from a photo I took while hiking on the Kalalau Trail, Kauai, Hawaii Islands. I think this is one of the best hikes in the world. This view, overlooking Kee Beach, is near the beginning of the hike. The hiking trail continues through tropical vegetation on the Napali coast.

Ocean paintings · Tropical paintings

Tropical Sea Painting

Tropical Sea by Carolyn Jarvis
Tropical Sea – 12″x16″ acrylic

I painted Tropical Sea last week on a rainy, cold day in my California studio. This painting was inspired by memories of previous vacations to tropical beaches. Happy New Year, Carolyn.


Ocean paintings

Cypress Tree Coast – Ocean Oil Painting

Cypress Tree Coast - ocean oil painting
Cypress Tree Coast – 11″x14″ oil

I painted Cypress Tree Coast from a photograph I took when I was hiking in the Pt. Lobos area in California. The painting has a lot of palette knife work.

Ocean paintings

Morning Light – Ocean Oil Painting

morning light - ocean oil painting
Morning Light – 11″x14″ oil – shipping to U.S.A. only Buy Now Button

Morning Light is a 11″x14″ unframed ocean oil painting on an archival panel. This painting won the First Place award at the 2015 Harvest Fair Art Show in Santa Rosa, California.

I painted Morning Light plein air at one of the overlooks near Bodega Bay, Sonoma Coast, California. I sketched in the big shapes with charcoal. Then I painted the sky, water and rocks with a brush. Thicker plate was applied with a palette knife on some of the rocks to give them texture.


Ocean paintings

Coastline – Ocean Oil Painting

ocean oil painting of cliffs and sea by Carolyn Jarvis
Coastline – 11″x14″ oil – shipping to U.S.A. only Buy Now Button

Coastline is an unframed, ocean oil painting on a panel. I started the painting plein air on the Sonoma Coast, California on a chilly, windy day. I finished it in my home studio which is a spare bedroom. The red-orange and green touches on the rocks are vegetation.

Fruit paintings · Still life paintings

Lemons – Fruit Still Life Oil Painting

lemons - fruit still life oil painting
Lemons – 5″x7″ oil on canvas – shipping to U.S.A. only Buy Now Button

Lemons is a fruit still life oil painting. The brown background and wood table top give it a classic feel.

It was painted in my home studio. I placed the lemons in a cardboard box that had two sides cut out. Then I draped brown cloth behind the lemons and shined a light on the lemons.

Lemons looks good, either framed or unframed, on a small easel on a bookcase or table.