Heceda Head Lighthouse Sketched

One of my favorite lighthouses along the Oregon Coastline is the Heceda Head Lighthouse. From this perspective, you see the lighthouse out on the edge of a bluff and the caretakers house snuggled above a small beach. The caretakers house is closer to the Pacific Coast Highway, which follows this rugged coastline and presents this perfect view of the complex as you approach from the south.

In creating this print, I used a sketching technique with soft watercolors to present this as a casual look across a small harbor towards the complex.

Heceda Head Lighthouse Complex

This second print focuses on the lighthouse itself. Again, I used the same sketching technique creating this casual look.

Heceda Head Lighthouse Sketched

Thoughts?

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31 thoughts on “Heceda Head Lighthouse Sketched

  1. Felipe Adan Lerma

    Both interesting looks, Kirt; and esp liked the descriptive info re both the lighthouse & the keepers’ house (nice beach! 😊) .

    Can you say a little more about your watercolor sketching technique? I’m not sure what that is – digital or physical medium?

    Thanks so much, Kirt! 🙂

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    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      All of my art is digital with just a few exceptions. I use a variety of filters…tweaking as I go and or hand draw on the computer….thanks for the feedback and for stopping by! Have a great weekend!!

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      1. Felipe Adan Lerma

        Hand drawing too! Either way, Kirt, amazing work 🙂 Sometimes it’s hard to say in one comment all the things I might notice, but did want to mention that one of the things I really liked ‘bout the lighthouse / carekeeper’s house image is the visual contrast of cozy and sheltered (the latter) and the high and open to the sky (the lighthouse), all in one swoop – very nice! 😊

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Good question Darlene. I think it’s the uniqueness of the lighthouses themself and then typically the settings where they are usually located are stunning. Thanks for stopping by…have a great weekend!

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      1. Darlene

        Or the mystery and romance. I always thought it would be fun to live in a lighthouse but most likely lonely as well.

  2. Jet Eliot

    Wonderful, intimate look at this hidden cove and all the beauty within it, Kirt. I like the “casual look,” as it reminds me of fog softening the landscape.

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  3. Dan Antion

    I love it when you feature a place I’ve been, Kirt. I actually have photos of that light house from the same location (parking area?). My daughter and I were driving up the coast about 20 years ago.

    I love these images and I’m thrilled you’ve brought back a fond memory.

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    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Dan…I have seen other shots from same location and can’t remember if it’s a pull off or parking lot, but must be one or the other as that road does not have wide shoulders. Glad I could stir up fond memories …did you stop and your??

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      1. Dan Antion

        If I recall, there’s a U-shaped pool of water between two outcroppings. I think the southern one is also at a higher elevation. There’s a little parking lot there. Of course all of this assumes my memory is correct 😉

      2. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

        My wife and I were on a coastal lighthouse drive from No Ca up thru Oregon to Washington…we stopped at everyone of them along the way. It was a few years back and best I can remember is the parking lot by the caretakers house…so you’re doing better than me😊

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