The Beach and Shore at Night

The beach during daytime is mostly a fun experience: sandcastles, surf, sand in your sandwiches. Beach cricket, volleyball, fun with friends and family. Occasionally, storytellers take the happy beach and invert it for Gothic purposes.

But return to the same beach at night and you have something completely different. The beach at night requires no Gothic inversion. Under a cloak of darkness, the moonlit shoreline is now ethereal and spooky.

Frank C. Pape for Children of the Dawn Old Tales of Greece written by Elsie Finnimore Buckley 1908
Frank C. Pape for Children of the Dawn Old Tales of Greece written by Elsie Finnimore Buckley 1908
Dale Bissland, Glasgow artist,  ‘Camusdarach Reflections’,  Oil on Panel
Dale Bissland is a contemporary painter from Glasgow. This beautiful creation is called ‘Camusdarach Reflections’, Oil on Panel. His website is here.
Night Sea, 1930, Hasui Kawase; 1883-1957
1953 Floods at Southwold, Suffolk by Frank Forward, oil on canvas 1953. The painter started work on this painting that very night, January 31st. Natural disasters which happen in the middle of the night feel worse, somehow (not counting one Christchurch earthquake which killed fewer people due to happening in the middle of the night.) The 1953 floods saw people clambering onto the tops of their roofs to escape drowning. People with boats tried desperately to rescue everyone.
House On The Beach by Eleanor Elford Cameron
Pursue The Wind by Leslie Richards
Pursue The Wind by Leslie Richards
Ivan Bilbin Night on the shores of Lake Ilmen (1914)
Ivan Bilbin Night on the shores of Lake Ilmen (1914)
'Teignmouth', Douglas Lionel Mays, oil on canvas, 1957
‘Teignmouth’, Douglas Lionel Mays, oil on canvas, 1957
John MacWhirter - Night, most glorious night, thou wert not made for slumber
John MacWhirter – Night, most glorious night, thou wert not made for slumber
Chris Dunn Peter Pan and Wendy The Jolly Roger
Chris Dunn is a British watercolour illustrator. Here is his blog. Alongside Inga Moore, Chris Dunn’s illustrations of The Wind In The Willows are my favourite. This scene of a shoreline at night is from Peter Pan and Wendy. The ship is the Jolly Roger. The fire on the cliff is the ‘eye of the duck’, in my opinion. (David Lynch uses the term ‘The Eye Of The Duck’ to describe a critical moment in film.)
Nightly Walk of the Monks to the Mountain Monastery Athos by Hermann Corrodi, oil on canvas, 1888
Nightly Walk of the Monks to the Mountain Monastery Athos by Hermann Corrodi, oil on canvas, 1888
Low Tide, Moonlight by William James Henry Boot, oil on canvas, 1874
Low Tide, Moonlight by William James Henry Boot, oil on canvas, 1874. Mr Boot worked for The Illustrated London News. (If you search their archives, you find some treasures.)
Julius Olsson Moonlit Shore exhibited 1911
Moonlit Shore exhibited 1911 Julius Olsson (1864-1942)
Peder Balke (1804–1887) - North Cape
Peder Balke (1804–1887) – North Cape
Cover art from A Relative Stranger by Anne Stevenson
Cover art from A Relative Stranger by Anne Stevenson

Okay so there’s no shore in sight in this one. Just two heads bobbing about in the open sea.

Anton Otto Fischer (1882 – 1962) 1932 illustration for Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne
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