“A Change is Brewing”

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 20″ x 16″
Year: 2017

4th day on the road. 11th painting completed. 2nd one this day.

Often the main challenge in painting a location is finding an angle that condenses the story of being there into one frame. I’d surfed here years before with a friend, repelling down the steep cliff on a wet, gray day. I’ve been fond of the place ever since. That personal connection can make a painting even more difficult since I’m also trying to pack all those memories onto the canvas as well. After scouring around, I settled on this view. I knew it was a little dicey parking on this narrow road, but I needed the elevation provided by the van to see down the bluff to the beach below. If I’d pulled up just another 50 feet or so, I’d have been in a wider section designated for tourists to park and take photos of the view (or themselves). But this particular spot had the magic I was looking for- perhaps more than I had first realized as it was here I learned of a particular approach to my art that would impact every subsequent painting. No joke, and I’m not telling either.

It was a quiet week day and any ordinary car could still easily drive around my van so I figured I’d be fine. In my time there, I learned there are a lot of folks that drive really nice ordinary cars, likely to pair up with really nice ordinary houses that overlook the ocean. Then a large truck rolled up with a trailer, perhaps full of gravel by the look of it, and after a minute he got out and approached my van. I’d already started putting loose items away and closing open containers and generally stabilizing anything that looked precarious for the impending move, so I was ready for him and offered to move before he could ask. He was real nice about it., so I asked if he was going to be making repeated trips down this lane, and he said it was his last of the day. I pulled forward and let him pass, then backed up into position to complete the painting. As I was finishing, a lady in one of the nice cars drove by and said something out her window about my van being in her way… as she easily drove around it. Go figure.

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