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Art That Captivates: Beach Scenes

Van Gogh. ArtistFor some of us the beach is the ultimate vacation. For almost anyone, a view of the sea with its sunny beaches and the sunlight glinting off the water are scenes that hold us enraptured; both by the majesty of the powerful waves, and the serenity of the shore. Whether in storm or in sunshine, there is something captivating about looking out over the seashore.

Artists are always trying to capture that feeling in their two dimensions. When gazing on beach scenes of painter’s talent or photographers eye… it is a time when we seem to grow more centered and the happy memories of visits to the shore wash into our minds like soft waves on the coastal sands.

The sea and sky are always changing and offer many hues and harmonies of color and subject. It makes for an interesting pictorial gallery.

Peruse this little gallery of beach scenes and ocean views, quotes and inspirations.

Happy Seashore Scenes – Beaches, and water are gentle and calming to the soul

“Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war.”

– Loren Eiseley


So that the monotonous fall of the waves on the beach, which for the most part beat a measured and soothing tattoo to her thoughts seemed consolingly to repeat over and over again… Virginia Woolf


Dreamer by Lucelle Raad

Dreamer by Lucelle Raad

The contemporary artist Lucelle Raad is a native of England who took up residence in South Africa, where she studied painting under Dorothy Shaw. She has relocated to the USA, and presently lives in Florida. Lucelle Raad paints children exclusively at this time, “I find unending satisfaction in combining my artistic interest in the figure with my emotional interest in children. There is more expression in an offhand gesture by a small child, than in all the posturings of our adult world.”

Waterboy by  Lucelle Raad

My room was in one of those turrets and at night I could hear the sea and the faint rustle of eelgrass in the soft wind. The weather was perfect that summer. No storms. Blue skies and just the right amount of wind every day. The sailors were in heaven. ~Katherine Hall Page

Sunday Best


Don’t grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love the beach.

~Michelle Held




“To stand at the edge of the sea, to sense the ebb and flow of the tides, to feel the breath of a mist moving over a great salt marsh, to watch the flight of shore birds that have swept up and down the surf lines of the continents for untold thousands of year, to see the running of the old eels and the young shad to the sea, is to have knowledge of things that are as nearly eternal as any earthly life can be.” – Rachel Carson

Miami Beach

By Jeff Greenburg


I could never stay long enough on the shore; the tang of the untainted, fresh, and free sea air was like a cool, quieting thought. ~Helen Keller

The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea.~ Isak Dinesen





There are great paintings of beautiful beaches from all over the world, but some people like the satisfaction of sitting at their own easel with paints of their choice and recording a favorite beach scene from a vacation or of a familiar haunt …whether on the coast of a rocky beach or the expanse of sand and surf line. If you are one of those artists (or artist in the making), take time to get out your brushes and paints, and capture those memories.




Van Gogh’s Sailboats on the Shore

I own this print and it never ceases to give me joy to view Van Gogh’s vision of the French sailboats, the lines, and colors have a liveliness while the overall feeling is one of calm, enjoying a sunwashed day by the sea.

I like the colorful fisherman’s boats beached ashore and the fleet of boats a-sail in the distance.


Claude Monet


Jesse Wilcox Smith

Jesse Wilcox Smith is one of the most popular for decorating children’s rooms. This seashore scene illustrates the fact that we are often braver when helping someone else be brave.

The sea! the sea! the open sea!, The blue, the fresh, the ever free!

Bryan W. Procter