10 x 14 in.
Watercolor on paper
Available from the artist
Irresistible Force was painted en plein air during the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association Invitational a few years ago. The painter explains that since his early days in California after his training as an architect in the Midwest, he has been fascinated by the effects of Nature’s forces on the natural environment. Larry says that “Discovering plein air painting led to an ever-deepening appreciation for the land and sea around me, and a greater spiritual engagement with Nature. I have long had a strong emotional and intellectual connection with Nature and her infinite variety of moods. I respond strongly to the meeting of land, sea and sky, and to the realization that the same conflict between irresistible forces and immovable objects have shaped the land and human events since time began. I especially love painting the sea where I can sense the energy of the waves, the wind and the clouds that were born days ago and thousands of miles away.”
He explains that Irresistible Force was started in the quiet of the early morning Laguna Beach coastal overcast, but as the painting progressed, so did the force of the wind and the strength of the surf. He was particularly interested in expressing the way that the massive coastal rocks have been carved over the centuries by the relentless sea. The shape of the coastal rocks and the spray blowing off the top of the waves were painted to suggest the forces of Nature which will continue until the rocks eventually are pounded to sand over the centuries ahead.
Larry has painted in many juried and invitational plein air events including those in Laguna Beach, Sonoma, Telluride, Sedona, Carmel and Borrego Springs. His watercolors have been included in exhibitions at the San Diego Museum of Art, USC Fisher Museum of Art, Autry Museum of the American West, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Laguna Museum of Art, Haggin Museum of Art, Oceanside Museum of Art, Triton Museum of Art the Napa Valley Museum , and the Bennington Center for the Arts.
He is an Artist Member of the California Art Club (CAC), and a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA), Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA), California Plein Air Painters (CPAP) and the California Watercolor Association (CWA).