Each month I feature a new image – often experimenting with a new subject or approach. This one, made a couple of weeks ago along the pacific coast, shows some pieces of decaying kelp (a kind of seaweed) bleached by the sun and lying on the weathered rock surface that forms the beach.
I have long been fascinated by the shapes and textures of the metamorphic rocks that make up this part of the coast (created by the pulverizing action of the San Andreas fault), but abstract images based on rock surfaces didn’t offer the complexity I was looking for.
With this image, the foreground elements add mystery and narrative and help bridge the abstract with the natural forms and landscape qualities. I find am still drawn to the colors and folds of the rock surface, but is now this is just one layer among many.