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Ocean of Love

Ocean of Love oil painting by Leslie Montana
Title: Ocean Of Love | Medium: Oil Paint on Canvas | Size: 26 x 22 Inches. 


Ocean of Love was the first painting I made while the Pacific ocean was just out my back door in Laguna Beach. With an abundance of flowers and fruiting trees, I was overwhelmed by the beauty and presence of nature in California. I called this painting of a pink rose Ocean Of Love because while I worked on it I experienced a high transcendent state of love, which to me was surely as big as the Pacific Ocean, and as beautiful as only a rose could be. This painting conveys the feeling of ocean waves and the warm colors are reminiscent of the spectacular sunsets I frequently enjoyed. To add to the experience of creating this piece, it began on my back patio amidst 50-foot tall birds of paradise. This painting began as a simple sketch that quickly moved to canvas. The entire surface of this painting has been painstakingly reworked numerous times to capture the subtle nuances of color and light I both imagined and also saw with my earthly eyes. Ocean of Love successfully brings the beauty of the archetypal rose together with the grandeur of sunsets on the Pacific ocean.

Oil paint and its various mediums offer a unique set of creative possibilities that can't be compared with anything else. What I love about working in oil is the refractive index that can occur between layers. A method of glazing that I've developed over time allows me to create deeply lustrous images that seem to glow, much like the subjects that are my inspiration. Light is caught and reflected back outward through translucent and glass-like layers giving works of art a deeply dimensional and lustrous effect. 

Museum-quality giclee prints of my Ocean of Love oil painting are available in several sizes, as well as your choice of paper or canvas. These are beautiful reproductions of my original paintings crafted by expert printmakers with the finest materials. Signed by the artist. In addition, poster prints are also available of this painting and can be found in my online shop.