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sandy hook lighthouse
by derek mccrea
- Artist Notes
- I was approached to paint this as a commission in 2004, and could not
turn down the opportunity as it is one of the most beautiful
lighthouses in the United States and the surrounding original
architecture adds to the beauty of the lighthouse. I now have fine art
modern prints available of this magnificent nautical lighthouse.
Sandy Hook Lighthouse is the oldest working lighthouse in the United
States. The light shines into the New York Harbour and although it sits
in New Jersey itís purpose revolves around both states.
painting this work my goal was to capture the off whites and maroon
colours in the homes and the lighthouse. The colours maroon and white
softly emulate nautical themes. The whites in the home and the
lighthouse have not been spared by the elements of the Atlantic coast.
Although the lighthouse has been restored you can still view the beauty
of its architecture in an age of beauty.
This work was one of
my first large realistic watercolours. The piece is a perfect mix of
realism and impressionism and the size of the original is a huge 22 x
30 inches. Natural beauty in architecture, in my eyes, cannot be
replaced by newer architectural constructions. Lighthouses are one of
the many standing historical architectural structures that are
receiving preservation. While reflecting on this painting it reminds me
of our responsibility to maintain and preserve the natural and man-made
beauty of nautical lighthouses.
More about derek mccrea
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- alabama, usa
- Artist Biography
Biography of Derek McCrea
View my blog at http://watercolorpaintingart.blogspot.com
Derek McCrea is a US Army Infantry Combat Soldier with two tours in Iraq with the 3rd Infantry Division, and this is his stress relief. He has always loved to paint; it allows him to express emotions on paper and r ...
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