Why do oil paintings of popular places, especially beaches around the world? Because people love to travel to places like these and create memories they will take home with them. When vacationers want to be reminded of a favorite location where lots of wonderful memories were made they turn to visual aides. These can be in the form of photographs or they can be paintings that will be hung on the walls of their home or office. As an artist, painting canvases of well traveled vacation spots can mean revenue for you because people will want to buy paintings that remind them of the fun times they had. This is a resource you will not want to overlook if you are wanting to make a living from your art.
Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico
Camp’s Bay Beach, Camps Bay, South Africa
Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
Carlsbad State Beach, Carlsbad, California
Cayo de Agua, Los Roques National Park, Venezuela
Children’s Beach, Nantucket, Massachusetts
Clearwater Beach, Clearwater, Florida
Coronado Municipal Beach, Coronado, California
Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach, California
Diani Beach, Diani Beach, Kenya
Eagle Beach, Palm – Eagle Beach, Aruba
Elafonissi Beach, Elafonissi, Greece
Fort Myers Beach, Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico
Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
Hanalei Beach, Hanalei, Hawaii
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Honolulu, Hawaii
Hollywood Beach, Hollywood, Florida
Hulopo’e Beach, Manele Bay, Hawaii
Hunting Island State Park, Beaufort, South Carolina
Iztuzu Beach, Dalyan, Turkey
Ka’anapali Beach, Lahaina, Hawaii
Kailua Beach Park, Kailua, Hawaii
Kauna’oa Bay, Kauna’oa Bay, Hawaii
La Jolla Cove, La Jolla, California
Main Beach, East Hampton, New York
Manini’owali Beach (Kua Bay), Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Miami Beach, Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Moshup Beach, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Nai Harn Beach, Nai Harn, Thailand
Newport Beach, Newport Beach, California
Ngapali Beach, Ngapali, Myanmar
Ogunquit Beach, Ogunquit, Maine
Pensacola Beach, Pensacola Beach, Florida
Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, Balearic Islands
Playa del Carmen, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
Playa Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
Playa Paraiso, Cayo Largo, Cuba
Playa Paraiso, Tulum, Mexico
Poipu Beach Park, Poipu, Hawaii
Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa, Islands of Sicily
Race Point Beach, Provincetown, Massachusetts
Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
St. Augustine Beach, Saint Augustine Beach, Florida
Saint Pete Beach, St. Pete Beach, Florida
Sharm El Luli, Marsa Alam, Egypt
Siesta Beach, Siesta Key, Florida
South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida
Surfside Beach, Nantucket, Massachusetts
Wai’anapanapa State Park, Hana, Hawaii
West Bay Beach, West Bay, Honduras
White Beach, Boracay, Aklan Province
Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Whitsunday Islands
Woolacombe Beach, Woolacombe, United Kingdom
This is by no means an exhaustive list, nor is it in any particular order. When you visit these places be sure to take your camera along to take lots of reference photos for your paintings. Once you get back to your studio you will have lots of fun as you immortalize your memories of these places on canvas wall art.
Did your favorite beach make the list? If not, and you think it would make a lovely seaside painting, feel free to add it below in comments.
Peggy’s Cove is one of the numerous small fishing communities located on the eastern shores of St. Margarets Bay in Nova Scotia. This location is also famous for the Peggy’s Point Lighthouse (established 1868). Each year many artists and photographers flock to this location to capture its beauty in their creative works. It is also a favorite tourist destination for many vacationers.
The Peggy’s Cove Series didn’t start out to be a series. I did my first painting of this series in 2005 while living on the east coast in the Norfolk VA area. I loved the way the bright red house stood out in contrast to the water and landscape around it, so I decided to do a painting of this famous Nova Scotia cove. Two years later the painting sold to a doctor living in Maine. Shortly after the sale a collector from Louisiana commissioned me to do two more paintings of the cove for her. I love this location in Canada and plan on more paintings to add to this series in the near future.
A lot of artists have painted this famous cove and it’s easy to see why. You may have noticed that two of the painting are very similar. They are of the same viewpoint, however, since I strive to not create two identical paintings I did paint some differences between the two.
Seascape by Teresa Bernard
20″ x 16″
Oils on stretched canvas
Artist Comments: This painting is of Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia. This little fishing village surrounds a narrow ocean inlet which provides safe haven for boats during the Atlantic’s rough weather. It is one of the most popular tourist stops in Nova Scotia and is considered the most photographed location in all of Canada. This painting is part of the Peggy’s Cove Series.
Artist Comments: Fishing is a popular recreation for those lucky enough to find the time to fish for the “big one.” I don’t particularly like to fish myself, but I have several friends who do enjoy this sport. I found this particular marine life painting an interesting subject to paint.
Note: This painting sold to a private art collector in Virginia.
Artist Comments: This painting is the second of two commissions I did for an art collector. This particular art collector saw a previous painting I had done called “Peggy’s Cove” and contracted me to do two paintings of the same subject for her. Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia is a favorite place that holds many memories for her. The other painting is called “Peggy’s Cove Revisited.” This painting is part of the Peggy’s Cove Series.
Note: This painting sold to a private art collector in Mississippi.
Artist Comments: “Peggy’s Cove Revisited” is one of two commissioned paintings. An art collector contacted me after seeing a previous painting I had done called “Peggy’s Cove.” Although this painting is the same subject as the first one, there are some noticeable differences between the two, making Peggy’s Cove Revisited an original oil painting and not a reproduction. Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia is a favorite place that holds many memories for this art collector. She commissioned me to do two paintings for her. The second painting is titled “Return To Peggy’s Cove.” This painting is part of the Peggy’s Cove Series.
Note: This painting sold to a private art collector in Mississippi.
Artist Comments: Currituck Beach Lighthouse is located at Whale Head Bay in Corolla, North Carolina on the northern end of the “Outer Banks”. Its distinct unpainted natural red brick appearance is in contrast with fellow lighthouses along the North Carolina coast which are painted in striking black and white. Built in 1875, it is still used today to light the dark stretches of the southern Atlantic coastline. Annually the lighthouse welcomes an average of 185,000 visitors and we were among them.
One summer my husband and I loaded up the kids and headed off for the Outer Banks to discover the lighthouses we’d heard so much about. We lived in Virginia at the time and was only two hours away from the OBX (Outer Banks). Currituck Lighthouse was our first stop and the favorite of all the lighthouses we visited that fun filled weekend. We were excited to discover that visitors can climb its 220 steps to the top and look at the spectacular view. We’ve been back to this lighthouse several times since that first trip and we always enjoy seeing this it over and over again.
Some Interesting Facts About Currituck Beach Lighthouse
Year beacon first lit: 1875
Number of steps: 220
Height to focal plane of lens: 158 feet
Height to top of roof: 162 feet
Number of bricks: approximately one million
Thickness of wall at base: 5 feet 8 inches
Thickness of wall at parapet: 3 feet
Position: 34 miles south of the Cape Henry Lighthouse (VA)
32 1/2 miles north-northwest of Bodie Island Lighthouse
Coast Survey Chart: 36° 22’36” N latitude, 75° 49’51” W longitude
Size: 16″ x 12″ Support: Stretched canvas Description: A depiction of a famous Oregon coast lighthouse. This painting sold to a private art collector in California.
Artist Comments: I find Oregon to be one of the most beautiful places in America. Having lived there for a number of years, “The Beaver State” has inspired numerous paintings of its scenery. Heceta Head Lighthouse is one of those paintings.
This oceanview oil painting is of the historic Heceta Head Lighthouse, built between 1892-1893. Perched high on a bluff approximately 150 feet above the sea, it stands watch over the Oregon coast 2 miles north of the famous Sea Lion Caves. Its beam can be seen for 21 nautical miles making it the strongest light on Oregon’s coastline. Heceta Head Lighthouse is a favorite place for tourists as it is one of the most-visited lighthouses in the United States. The lighthouse offers visitors easy access and an outstanding view of the Oregon coastline and Pacific Ocean.
Although I no longer live in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon continues to be a source of inspiration for me. Below are two more paintings of Oregon.
Size: 9″ x 12″ Support: Canvas panel board Description: An early painting by the artist depicting the Oregon coastline. This painting is owned by the artist’s daughter and is part of a private collection in Texas.
Artist Comments: This ocean wave painting is one of my early paintings just starting out as a professional artist. It shows the Oregon Coast looking south from the “Sea Lion Caves” towards Cox Rock. Cox Rock is one of thousands of islands which sits off the Oregon Coast. It is nearby to Sea Lion Point and Heceta Head.
The Sea Lion Caves is America’s largest sea cave and is located about midway on Oregon’s 400 miles of shoreline. It can reach from the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway U.S. Highway 101. For more information about the Sea Lion Caves visit their website.
There isn’t a lot of information about Cox Rock. What I have learned is it is an island off the Oregon Coast and which isn’t easily assessable if you want to explore it and it’s hard to find. Visitors to the island will probably want to use their GPS to guide them there. Coordinates are below.
Facts About Cox Rock, Oregon
Coordinates: 44.1109544°N, -124.1262313°W
Approx. Elevation: 75 feet (23 meters)
USGS Topo Map Quad: Mercer Lake
Feature Type: Island
Other Paintings of Oregon Scenery
I used to live in Oregon and have found it to be one of the most beautiful places on earth to live and paint. I’ve painted several paintings of Oregon scenery, some of which are listed below.