Archive | 2019

“The Dining Room”

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 20″ x 16″
Year: 2019

Notes:
My last painting from the US and THEM event. For this one, I had a good friend and collector offer to cater a meal for the 4 out of town artists and 4 local artists. She brought enough to feed 40 artists, and several who weren’t officially part of the event joined in and feasted magnificently with us all. She is a saint. This is where we ate and drank happily under a bright midday sun. I was so taken with the scene that I had to paint it after we broke it all down and scattered about for our afternoon session. Lots of memories here too, glad I finally painted this angle.

On a separate note, when promoting this event on social media, my website, the local papers and the local radio (yes, I went nuts) I specifically encouraged local artists who wanted to join us to bring some donuts or beers or something to share if they chose to paint alongside the crew. One of them did. Thank you Richard Stockwell, your generosity did not go unnoticed. Other than Richard, the only other artists to bring shareable sustenance were two on the US team- particularly Steve Taylor who procured an amazing assortment of local pastries and a thermos of hot coffee the first two days of the event. Ken Jarvela went above and beyond and managed to coral a beach bonfire oyster feast that everyone was too tired to enjoy, but still (he also passed his whiskey bottle around often, which was appreciated by many, if not all).  All that said, what in the world is up with the local folks that showed up and smiled and high-fived and chatted us all up and set up easels and painted away alongside us but alas- not ONE donut was shared. I’m not naming any names here, but come on. Step it up next time.

“It’s Never Like This”

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 20″ x 16″
Year: 2019

Notes:
On the third day of the US and THEM event, the out of town artists were moving a touch slow in the morning. I’d been pushing them for two full days of action with very little rest. The weather had been beautiful, but gray in the mornings with brief patches of brilliant sun and light winds. This morning was different though. Coming over the hill to see the coast for the first time, I don’t recall ever seeing the ocean so smooth. If I’d been looking for waves, I’d have been disappointed, but as it were, we were here to paint and to see the ocean so sheet-smooth, no swells or ripples of texture at all was a real unusual treat. The crew from San Diego may not have realized just how special this was- they have clear, sunny, flat days on the regular down there I reckon. But for us, it was a pretty big deal. All morning as were painting, folks were walking up and telling us “you know, it’s never like this here”. Yup. Got it, but thanks for drilling it in for those guys. The last thing we’d want is for them to head back to SoCal and tell everyone it’s like this all the time here. Cause it’s not.   Oh and also, on the first morning of this event I painted with oils, and while I usually enjoy my forays into that grown-up medium, that morning I did not. It took me awhile to realize it wasn’t the paint though, it was the scene- I just wasn’t all that into it, so I struggled and struggled with that painting until finally making peace with it at the end. This morning was so beautiful, I felt it appropriate to go for a “redemption” session and broke out my oil palette and had a great time from start to finish. Much better. Thanks for asking.

“Bread and Butter”

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 16″ x 20″
Year: 2019

Notes:
3rd painting from the second day of the three day US and THEM event featuring 4 out of town artists and 4 local artists painting the beautiful Trinidad coast. These scenes as beautiful as they are, are also pretty common here. I love to paint them, but sometimes it feels like a guilty indulgence. Inviting artists to paint alongside who’ve never seen this coast before is a fun way to see it anew, but still, when we pulled up to this scene (which I have painted several times before- and I’m a not a huge fan of such practices) my challenge was to find a different approach. In this case it was as simple as using my van’s roof deck to get just a bit more vertical stretch in the landscape and approach it as a vertical and let that lone tree really stand right up to the sky. The evening glow was just the inevitable bonus after finding a compositional approach that got me interested. And now I feel guilty in a different way- look at that beautiful coast! And here I am struggling to find interest? I might need to get my head checked.

“Wade and Two Steves” $312

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 12″ x 12″
Year: 2019

Price: $312
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Matt Beard Art- Plein Air Original Painting Documentation

Price Breakdown:

Base Price:
$180 – ($1.25 per square inch)

Travel:
$7.8 – Approximate distance from Eureka, CA ($0.3 per mile)
$0 – Overnight Travel
$0 – Sleeping in Van
$0 – Tricky Urban Camping

On the Ground Logistics:
$0 – Paid Parking
$0 – Illegal or Questionable Parking Required: Nope
$0 – Parking Ticket or Citation Issued

$0 – Painted from Roof of Van (that platform wasn’t cheap)

$0 – Painted from Private Land: No
$0 – Posted ‘No Trespassing’
$0 – Harrassed by Authorities/Told to Leave
$0 – Citation for Tresspassing Issued
$0 – Fence/Gate Hopping
$0 – Barbed Wire
$0 – Blood

$0 – Hauling Gear on Foot ($30 per mile)
$0 – Off Trail Wilderness Tromping
$0 – Climbing or Vertical Scrambling Requiring Use of Hands: None
$0 – Full On Bushwhacking: None

$0 – Poison Oak Observed: None
$0 – Bee/Wasp/Other Painful Insect Bites ($15 each)
$0 – Mosquitoes: None
$0 – Ticks Observed on Skin or Clothing: None
$0 – Tick Bites ($125 each!!)

$0 – Wind ($2 per mph)
$50 – Shade/Sun: Cooking in the Hot Sun
$24 – Heat/Cold ($1.5 per degree farhenheit above/below 65)
$50 – Crowds/Questions/Human Element: Very Distracting

$0 – Sustenance Provided by Others Before, During or After Painting: Nadda
$0 – Fun Surf At Location Before, During, or After Painting: Nothing, if it looks good in the painting, I probably lied.

$ – Other:
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$311.8 – TOTAL COST:

Notes:
I finished up my first painting this morning with the crew from the US and THEM show and everyone was still at work, so under a hot sun I quickly sketched this one out before we broke for lunch. Maybe a half hour? I don’t know it was fast, but I wanted to do this after seeing what they were all painting. Here we stood in an incredibly scenic location and everyone is painting… each other painting each other. Really. Steve on the right in this painting is painting me, Steve on the left is painting Steve and Norm, Ryan is painting Norm, Jim is painting Ryan, Norm, Steve, and Wade and I, so yeah, I just had to turn back and paint them painting them and us painting them. Good times.

“Head Games”

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 20″ x 16″
Year: 2019

Notes:
After a long morning walking around the coast here, showing the out of town crew the lay of the land, I wanted to take them to this vantage point. I had my reasons, though I didn’t tell them. This is one of the most iconic perches on the coast. The view (looking north, not the way I painted) is incredible, and one of the most painted and photographed vantage points in Humboldt. But for me, it’s always a struggle how to make it work as a painting. Something always seems off. A rock placement here, a compositional problem there. It’s so good, but at the same time, it’s full of spacing problems that are easily missed until a painting is fully committed to at which point it’s too late to do anything about. At least for me. I wanted to see how these guys would approach this scene, seeing it for the first time in their lives. As for myself, I found what shade I could while it lasted and painted this direction instead. I like to check the surf from here on small days off this headland, so it was a painting I knew I would enjoy and it would spare me from the problems facing the other direction. Was I playing head games with these guys, or just trying to learn from them. It’s a hard call. But they nailed some beauties, so it certainly didn’t faze them either way.

“There and Back Again”

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 20″ x 16″
Year: 2019

Notes:
Second painting on day one of the US and THEM show I put together featuring 4 out of town artists painting alongside 4 local artists. I showed the out of town guys this view first thing in the morning, then on account of Ken Jarvela painting down on the beach we all went down and joined him, hoping the sun would come out later in the afternoon for this view. We painted well into the afternoon and never saw more than a hint of sun. After the beach sessions we ventured again past this point and up in to the town of Trinidad for some lunch and then returned once again to paint it as it was, sun or no sun. There was a filtered sunlight softly falling, and no complaints were heard. Or maybe they were, but I was up on top of my van and couldn’t make out most of what was being said down below anyway. They kept passing drinks up to me so I think it’s safe to say everyone was enjoying themselves.

“Because of Ken”

Medium: Oil on Canvas
Size: 24″ x 12″
Year: 2019

Notes: First morning of the US and THEM show I put together with 4 San Diego artists and 4 local artists painting all over the Trinidad coast. Ken Jarvela showed up early with no regard for where the rest of the crew wanted to paint and proceeded to bang out a 6 foot by 2 foot masterpiece of this rock pile from the parking lot looking south. I can’t seem to paint here without  showing Camel Rock in the distance, but it seemed nobody else wanted to paint this rockpile and I was really hoping our paintings would overlap each other’s in nice ways, so I took one for the team and while everyone else painted beautiful little pieces of the river making it’s way out to sea with Camel Rock in the background, I marched further up the river to paint Ken’s rocks and Camel Rock at once. It was a gray morning and with the rocks, beach and sky all shades of mostly gray it was tough to find motivation. Also beach level paintings are my kryptonite. Can’t stand em. I like some elevation, but again, this was a team effort so here I stood.

“Late Arrival” $520 | Miles Hiked: 1.2

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 12″ x 16″
Year: 2019

Price: $520
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Matt Beard Art- Plein Air Original Painting Documentation
Price Breakdown:

Base Price:
$240 – ($1.25 per square inch)

Travel:
$177.6 – Approximate distance from Eureka, CA ($0.3 per mile)
$50 – Overnight Travel
$0 – Sleeping in Van
$0 – Tricky Urban Camping

On the Ground Logistics:
$0 – Paid Parking
$0 – Illegal or Questionable Parking Required: Nope
$0 – Parking Ticket or Citation Issued

$0 – Painted from Roof of Van (that platform wasn’t cheap)

$25 – Painted from Private Land: Yes, but with Permission
$75 – Posted ‘No Trespassing’
$0 – Harrassed by Authorities/Told to Leave
$0 – Citation for Tresspassing Issued
$0 – Fence/Gate Hopping
$0 – Barbed Wire
$0 – Blood

$36 – Hauling Gear on Foot ($30 per mile)
$0 – Off Trail Wilderness Tromping
$0 – Climbing or Vertical Scrambling Requiring Use of Hands: None
$0 – Full On Bushwhacking: None

$0 – Poison Oak Observed: None
$0 – Bee/Wasp/Other Painful Insect Bites ($15 each)
$15 – Mosquitoes: Some
$0 – Ticks Observed on Skin or Clothing: None
$0 – Tick Bites ($125 each!!)

$0 – Wind ($2 per mph)
$-25 – Shade/Sun: Plenty of Cool Shade
$1.5 – Heat/Cold ($1.5 per degree farhenheit above/below 65)
$0 – Crowds/Questions/Human Element: Nice and Quiet

$-75 – Sustenance Provided by Others Before, During or After Painting: Cold Beer and Snacks
$0 – Fun Surf At Location Before, During, or After Painting: Nothing, if it looks good in the painting, I probably lied.

$ – Other:
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$520.1 – TOTAL COST

Notes:
I might have been a late arrival
But I’ve been here all this time
I was here when the plates collided
I passed the bread and wine

I was here when we emerged from weeds
When the heavens gave us fire
When our songs kept our mother awake
When the rainbow held us higher

Vizcaíno saw me here in 1602
He called me by my name
The island of Bearded people it was
And to this day remains

I saw them come and plant the grapes
To sip the nectar from the vine
Prohibition shut them down
I saw it happen but the idea was never mine

The sheep were led to slaughter
And silent so was I
When the cotton gin reduced thier worth
To diamonds in the sky

I saw the pigs run feral
Chased off by dogs who fell from the air
The pigs are gone and the bacon fried
You’d never know they were there

My name is Stanton now and so it was
On the day I signed
And gave the land unto the gaurds
I was ill but I wasn’t blind

They will keep it from abomination
A trampled barren place
But I’m well aware they’d sell the air if they could
As well as these lines upon my face

It’s for the good I’m sure they’d say
They’ll save the earth with money
Listen at the gate when I pass in the night
I’m laughing but nothing is funny

I did what I must and not without Caire
How I longed for a better hand
It was them and their lawyer’s greed
Or else it was the land

I’m the homesick Italian that built the Chapel
With bricks of my own red earth
And I’m the one that’s buried there
Whose death precedes his birth

At the altar I have heard
The mighty man’s confession
And to the courtyard I have marched
In his funeral procession

I stood last night beneath the moon
Where they’ve sold God for the highest bid
I may have defied their lawyers decrees
Breathing a graven image in the mist as I hid

From watching eyes I was not seen
Except by the all-seeing lens
To which I danced and jigged about
As one does when among their friends

Today I rise with a mist in my eyes
Tired from last night’s dance
I called out from among these ancient trees
And I answered with a glance

And here I stood among the saplings
When first their roots went down
The mighty eucalyptus whose beauty invades
Like a king in quest of a crown

The fox and the eagle and the vanishing trees
The trees they love to rhyme
The eagle loves the fattened calfs
But the foxes they are mine

I might have been a late arrival
But I’ve been here all this time
I was here when the plates collided
I passed the bread and wine

“Left Behind” $727 | Miles Hiked: 1.3

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 20″ x 16″
Year: 2019

Price: $727
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Matt Beard Art- Plein Air Original Painting Documentation

Price Breakdown:

Base Price:
$400 – ($1.25 per square inch)

Travel:
$177.6 – Approximate distance from Eureka, CA ($0.3 per mile)
$50 – Overnight Travel
$0 – Sleeping in Van
$0 – Tricky Urban Camping

On the Ground Logistics:
$0 – Paid Parking
$0 – Illegal or Questionable Parking Required: Nope
$0 – Parking Ticket or Citation Issued

$0 – Painted from Roof of Van (that platform wasn’t cheap)

$25 – Painted from Private Land: Yes, but with Permission
$75 – Posted ‘No Trespassing’
$0 – Harrassed by Authorities/Told to Leave
$0 – Citation for Tresspassing Issued
$0 – Fence/Gate Hopping
$0 – Barbed Wire
$0 – Blood

$39 – Hauling Gear on Foot ($30 per mile)
$15 – Off Trail Wilderness Tromping
$0 – Climbing or Vertical Scrambling Requiring Use of Hands: None
$0 – Full On Bushwhacking: None

$15 – Poison Oak Observed: Some
$0 – Bee/Wasp/Other Painful Insect Bites ($15 each)
$0 – Mosquitoes: None
$0 – Ticks Observed on Skin or Clothing: None
$0 – Tick Bites ($125 each!!)

$0 – Wind ($2 per mph)
$0 – Shade/Sun: Mostly Overcast
$6 – Heat/Cold ($1.5 per degree farhenheit above/below 65)
$0 – Crowds/Questions/Human Element: Nice and Quiet

$-75 – Sustenance Provided by Others Before, During or After Painting: Cold Beer and Snacks
$0 – Fun Surf At Location Before, During, or After Painting: Nothing, if it looks good in the painting, I probably lied.

$ – Other:
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$727.6 – TOTAL COST

Notes:
I have a few regrets about this one. To get here required a two hour drive across a private reserve to this far side of the island. I have to give a big shout of thanks to the California Coastal Commission for inviting me along on this island tour, to Lyndall for being our guide, to the UC system for letting us stay in the facilities on the island’s interior and to the Nature Conservancy for allowing us this access for the weekend.  The rest of the crew were headed to the furthest point west on the island, about another 45 minutes out from this outpost.

We stopped here for lunch and decided this was my opportunity to paint, being that they’d be gone for about 3 hours, just enough to paint a large 20×16. Not quite enough time to scout views to my satisfaction though, so after a few false starts trying to find a way up the hill for a better view, I settled for this one of this outbuilding and blooming cactus that I saw from the road on the way here. Only afterward did I see on a map just how close I was to the path I was looking for to get up the hill. That is my first regret.

My second has to do with the fact that behind this building, and nestled in behind these old cypress trees is one of the oldest buildings on the island, dating back to 1860. That would have been a neater thing to paint, but I just didn’t see a good angle to paint it from. Also I’m not sure I was technically allowed to paint that building after asking about some other old buildings on the island’s interior and being told that I wasn’t allowed to paint them according to the Nature Conservancy’s rules… I’m going to do my best to not speak about that anymore… but that said, I’m not even sure I was allowed to paint this building either, but what’s an artist to do? We paint stuff that catches our interest. But still the older building would have been extra cool if I’d found a good vantage point. That is my second regret.

My third regret is not seeing the furthest point on the island. This might have been the only opportunity I’ll ever have had to make it that far and see it with my own eyes. Forced to choose between a remote vista without painting, and a just-a-little-less remote vista with painting, it was an easy choice, but not without some pain.

And one final regret was the cold beer I left behind at the cabin. That would have been amazing out here, but perhaps appropriate.  After all my group left me behind here to paint an old outpost that was left behind from the ranching era on an island that in many ways seems to have been left behind by time itself.

“Her Quiet Time” $495

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 16″ x 12″
Year: 2019

Price: $495
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Matt Beard Art- Plein Air Original Painting Documentation
Price Breakdown:

Base Price:
$240 – ($1.25 per square inch)

Travel:
$177.6 – Approximate distance from Eureka, CA ($0.3 per mile)
$50 – Overnight Travel
$0 – Sleeping in Van
$0 – Tricky Urban Camping

On the Ground Logistics:
$0 – Paid Parking
$0 – Illegal or Questionable Parking Required: Nope
$0 – Parking Ticket or Citation Issued

$0 – Painted from Roof of Van (that platform wasn’t cheap)

$25 – Painted from Private Land: Yes, but with Permission
$75 – Posted ‘No Trespassing’
$0 – Harrassed by Authorities/Told to Leave
$0 – Citation for Tresspassing Issued
$0 – Fence/Gate Hopping
$0 – Barbed Wire
$0 – Blood

$0 – Hauling Gear on Foot ($30 per mile)
$0 – Off Trail Wilderness Tromping
$0 – Climbing or Vertical Scrambling Requiring Use of Hands: None
$0 – Full On Bushwhacking: None

$0 – Poison Oak Observed: None
$0 – Bee/Wasp/Other Painful Insect Bites ($15 each)
$0 – Mosquitoes: None
$0 – Ticks Observed on Skin or Clothing: None
$0 – Tick Bites ($125 each!!)

$0 – Wind ($2 per mph)
$-25 – Shade/Sun: Plenty of Cool Shade
$3 – Heat/Cold ($1.5 per degree farhenheit above/below 65)
$-25 – Crowds/Questions/Human Element: Distracting, but Nice

$-25 – Sustenance Provided by Others Before, During or After Painting: Snacks
$0 – Fun Surf At Location Before, During, or After Painting: Nothing, if it looks good in the painting, I probably lied.

$ – Other:
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$495.6 – TOTAL COST

Notes:
The Chumash people lived here first. The Earth Mother’s name was Hutash, and she planted a particular plant on this island, from which the people emerged fully grown. They were cold until they were given fire by lighting from that old Sky Snake, the Milky Way, the Earth Mother’s husband.

The people were fruitful and multiplied. Happily. Their songs and laughter kept Hutash up at night. At last she couldn’t bear them any longer and she decided to make a bridge out of a rainbow from the distant peak in this painting all the way to a high peak on the mainland. Off they marched. Told to keep their eyes on the mainland, some looked down and became dizzy. The fallen ones were turned into dolphins by Hutash to keep them from drowning.

The people continued to prosper on the mainland as well, but they were no longer so crowded on this island and presumably the Earth Mother slept.

She must have still been sleeping when the Spaniard’s and other European’s arrived, because things got really weird at that point. In a few short generations things quieted down even more. Disease took it’s toll. The sheep’s wool was rendered obsolete by the Slavemaster’s friend, the Cotton Gin. The vineyards were thwarted by that Old Grump, the Prohibition.

A few brick buildings and rutted roads were built, but there is only area in the entire interior valley that sees regular human activity now, and even there it is generally quiet. Access is tightly controlled and looks like it will stay that way for awhile.

When she awake’s I hope the folks who now own most of this island are prompt in cooking her up a nice cup of coffee and explaining to her how it is that they wandered back over that bridge and down into the valley from Devil’s peak. And speaking of her high and beautiful mountain, the foundation of her rainbow bridge, just who named it “Devil’s Peak” anyhow? And where did the rest of her children go?  And why aren’t there more songs and laughter? Without them she overslept, and we can only hope her slumber was sweet and restful.

“Down Harbor Blvd, Just Past the Airport” $792 | Miles Hiked: 5.1

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 16″ x 20″
Year: 2019

Price: $792
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Matt Beard Art- Plein Air Original Painting Documentation
Price Breakdown:

Base Price:
$400 – ($1.25 per square inch)

Travel:
$177.6 – Approximate distance from Eureka, CA ($0.3 per mile)
$50 – Overnight Travel
$0 – Sleeping in Van
$0 – Tricky Urban Camping

On the Ground Logistics:
$0 – Paid Parking
$0 – Illegal or Questionable Parking Required: Nope
$0 – Parking Ticket or Citation Issued

$0 – Painted from Roof of Van (that platform wasn’t cheap)

$25 – Painted from Private Land: Yes, but with Permission
$75 – Posted ‘No Trespassing’
$0 – Harrassed by Authorities/Told to Leave
$0 – Citation for Tresspassing Issued
$0 – Fence/Gate Hopping
$0 – Barbed Wire
$0 – Blood

$153 – Hauling Gear on Foot ($30 per mile)
$0 – Off Trail Wilderness Tromping
$0 – Climbing or Vertical Scrambling Requiring Use of Hands: None
$0 – Full On Bushwhacking: None

$0 – Poison Oak Observed: None
$0 – Bee/Wasp/Other Painful Insect Bites ($15 each)
$0 – Mosquitoes: None
$0 – Ticks Observed on Skin or Clothing: None
$0 – Tick Bites ($125 each!!)

$0 – Wind ($2 per mph)
$50 – Shade/Sun: Cooking in the Hot Sun
$12 – Heat/Cold ($1.5 per degree farhenheit above/below 65)
$-25 – Crowds/Questions/Human Element: Distracting, but Nice

$-50 – Sustenance Provided by Others Before, During or After Painting: Cold Beer
$0 – Fun Surf At Location Before, During, or After Painting: Nothing, if it looks good in the painting, I probably lied.

$-75 – Other: Picked up in Truck and Saved from 3.5 Mile Hike Back
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$792.6 – TOTAL COST

Notes:
How fortunate I am to be here today. That thought is never far from my mind. A rare opportunity to walk the interior of an Island generally off limits to regular folks who aren’t wealthy, or well-connected. This view was the glimpse of the coast at the end of a 4 mile hike. I may never see it again. It’s hard to say. There’s a lot more I’d like to say, but it will have to wait for another day.  For now it’s enough just to say thanks to the fine folks at the California Coastal Commission for letting me tag along and briefly enjoy a weekend on this land with them.

“Balance of Powers”

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 24″ x  36″
Year: 2019

Notes: Painted live to benefit St. Joseph’s Family Medicine Residency Program.

These live paintings usually auction at events for anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand on the far upper end. Not that this means a whole lot in the big picture, but we were pretty stoked to witness this one sell at the auction for $11,500. That’s the highest price I’ve seen a painting of mine go for in Humboldt. We thought that was pretty cool.

Ok back to the regular programming…

“Russian Past”

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 20″ x 16″
Year: 2019

Notes:
A moment that caught me from years ago… A ship full of Russians. A profit up for grabs. An attempt, a failure, a repeatedly stillborn idea in search of an execution. A fight in the wind. A hillside unfolding. A mocking picnic. A friendly master. A seal and its fur. A life of luxury. A scouring of underbrush. An impenetrable fortess. A ruinous fog. A poverty of time. A series of perilous u-turns. A blind corner. An RV and a cop and a gang of wealthy bikers. A fort in the woods. A newspaper man. A better luck next time and a wave goodbye. A million other vistas, a thousand other years. A return. A breakthrough. A next time is now. A single car pullout. A perfect location. An elevated view from the top of the van. A car rushing past. A tap of the brakes. A question is asked. An answer is given. A lack of cash. A return to my business. A quiet allusion to our Russian past.

“Rogue Showers”

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 20″ x 16″
Year: 2019

Notes:
Like a sleeping dog, I lay on the floor listening to the passing showers. There was no need to race daylight now. The smell of coffee. Slow conversations. Three times I moved toward the door with this hilltop in mind, only for the rain to return and thwart my progress. Another cup of coffee before I go. With each cup the day looks a little brighter- the results of caffeine or the weather, I’m still not sure which. When the bottom of the mug revealed itself dry, so did the pavement outside, and that was my cue. Up the hill in the ominous gray, a gusty wind keeping things interesting. The view is worth it all. My only goal was to at least get something started before the next shower chased me off this hill on which I now stood at the easel in what would prove a brief window of clarity. Frantic sketching led to frantic painting, which led to frantic packing up during the start of the next downpour.  Upon returning to shelter and looking at what was produced I was surprised at how well it came together considering the adverse conditions that birthed this scene.

“There Goes the Neighborhood”

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 20″ x 16″
Year: 2019

Notes:
Painted for a family who wanted to create a memory of the view of their neighborhood from the deck of their home. They welcomed me into their home. They watched and we enjoyed conversations while this painting unfolded before them. They put me up and let me crash on their floor for a few nights as I painted the area. They showed me where the good foods are along this stretch of highway. I hope their landlord doesn’t jack their rent up yet again so they can continue to live in this great little niche they’ve found for themselves.

“Jim Denevan’s Gift” $604

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 20″ x 16″
Year: 2019

Price: $604
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Matt Beard Art- Plein Air Original Painting Documentation

Price Breakdown:

Base Price:
$400 – ($1.25 per square inch)

Travel:
$104.7 – Approximate distance from Eureka, CA ($0.3 per mile)
$50 – Overnight Travel
$0 – Sleeping in Van
$0 – Tricky Urban Camping

On the Ground Logistics:
$0 – Paid Parking
$0 – Illegal or Questionable Parking Required: Nope
$0 – Parking Ticket or Citation Issued

$0 – Painted from Roof of Van (that platform wasn’t cheap)

$0 – Painted from Private Land: No
$0 – Posted ‘No Trespassing’
$0 – Harrassed by Authorities/Told to Leave
$0 – Citation for Tresspassing Issued
$0 – Fence/Gate Hopping
$0 – Barbed Wire
$0 – Blood

$0 – Hauling Gear on Foot ($30 per mile)
$0 – Off Trail Wilderness Tromping
$0 – Climbing or Vertical Scrambling Requiring Use of Hands: None
$0 – Full On Bushwhacking: None

$0 – Poison Oak Observed: None
$0 – Bee/Wasp/Other Painful Insect Bites ($15 each)
$0 – Mosquitoes: None
$0 – Ticks Observed on Skin or Clothing: None
$0 – Tick Bites ($125 each!!)

$16 – Wind ($2 per mph)
$50 – Shade/Sun: Cooking in the Hot Sun
$9 – Heat/Cold ($1.5 per degree farhenheit above/below 65)
$-25 – Crowds/Questions/Human Element: Distracting, but Nice

$0 – Sustenance Provided by Others Before, During or After Painting: Nadda
$0 – Fun Surf At Location Before, During, or After Painting: Nothing, if it looks good in the painting, I probably lied.

$ – Other:
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$604.7 – TOTAL COST

Notes:
Jim Denevan is an artist whose medium is the beach. I mean that in a very littoral way. And no, that’s not a misspelling. Look it up if you need to. I’ve been aware of his work for years, but haven’t had the opportunity to watch him at work in his studio until today. I was in town for a quick visit and looking to paint somewhere along this stretch of coast when I spotted him down there raking sand into perfect alternating spiral patterns (his were far more perfect than I drew them on my canvas). The minute I saw him and the patterns he was making on the low tide sand I knew I had to paint this homage to a hero of an artist, whose work washes away daily with each incoming tide.

“Mist and Light”

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 20″ x 16″
Year: 2019

Notes:
Although I had hoped for more, this was the only painting I did of California poppies on an entire monthlong May road trip… it wasn’t a massive bloom, but it was a bright band of poppies right on the side of the road. I couldn’t just pass it by. The scene was beautiful, yet subdued by a constant mist that battled the sun off and on the entire time I stopped to paint this view out of the side door of the van.

“A Window of Light” $531

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 20″ x 16″
Year: 2019

Price: $531
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Price Breakdown:

Base Price:
$400 – ($1.25 per square inch)

Travel:
$177.6 – Approximate distance from Eureka, CA ($0.3 per mile)
$50 – Overnight Travel
$25 – Sleeping in Van
$0 – Tricky Urban Camping

On the Ground Logistics:
$10 – Paid Parking
$0 – Illegal or Questionable Parking Required: Nope
$0 – Parking Ticket or Citation Issued

$0 – Painted from Roof of Van (that platform wasn’t cheap)

$0 – Painted from Private Land: No
$0 – Posted ‘No Trespassing’
$0 – Harrassed by Authorities/Told to Leave
$0 – Citation for Tresspassing Issued
$0 – Fence/Gate Hopping
$0 – Barbed Wire
$0 – Blood

$7.5 – Hauling Gear on Foot ($30 per mile)
$0 – Off Trail Wilderness Tromping
$0 – Climbing or Vertical Scrambling Requiring Use of Hands: None
$0 – Full On Bushwhacking: None

$0 – Poison Oak Observed: None
$0 – Bee/Wasp/Other Painful Insect Bites ($15 each)
$0 – Mosquitoes: None
$0 – Ticks Observed on Skin or Clothing: None
$0 – Tick Bites ($125 each!!)

$0 – Wind ($2 per mph)
$10 – Shade/Sun: Partial Shade
$1.5 – Heat/Cold ($1.5 per degree farhenheit above/below 65)
$-25 – Crowds/Questions/Human Element: Distracting, but Nice

$-75 – Sustenance Provided by Others Before, During or After Painting: Cold Beer and Snacks
$-50 – Fun Surf At Location Before, During, or After Painting: Really Fun

$ – Other:
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$531.6 – TOTAL COST

Notes:
I was supposed to go a lot further today. I didn’t get past this point though. After a few hours in the water, laughing at the hypnotic little waves spinning down the point, I knew I was going to paint here as well. Passing showers were visible on and off in all directions as the sun took it’s turn hiding behind the clouds. Every once in awhile a window of light would fall in such a way that made everything seem timeless- as though the surfers and their park rangers and the tourists and the railroad barons, and the cattle ranchers, and the Mexican land owners, and the Spanish elites, and the chumash who lived in a small village right here after crossing the rainbow bridge were all seated silently, just out of sight from one another admiring the same beautiful scene.

“What Lies Behind”

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 20″ x 16″
Year: 2019

Notes:
Lifestyles of the rich and famous. Movie stars. Music icons. The just plain wealthy. It’s a rare day for an artist like me to walk through the gates that lead to this little slice of paradise. I had to paint fast because my host for the day was only surfing for an hour or so, and I didn’t want to keep him waiting around. The gate had a padlock on it that had to be unlocked weather going or coming. If he were to leave, I would be locked in. Trapped, with nothing but my paint gear, a bottle of water, and a granola bar. Could be worse I suppose, but the rich and famous can be pretty snooty. I was releived to make it back to the van without incident. Oh, and at least one of these rich and famous folks has no clue what they’ve done in planting bamboo in the bare ground in the little gully along the access path behind the gate. Give it time. It will win. But on the bright side, I’ve watched Gilligan’s Island and happen to know that nearly anything you can think of can be made out of bamboo, so there is that to look forward to. Ginger will be right at home.

“No Harm, No Foul”

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 20″ x 16″
Year: 2019

Notes:
I was thinking this would be a simple little painting to start my day. It was in some ways. But it was also a bit nerve-wracking. Nestled between boulders I painted the morning away, and marveled at just how quiet the trains that run this line have become. I barely heard them coming. The stretched cotton canvas hummed in vibration as they passed by just a few steps away.  I was safely out of the way where I stood, but it was startling every time one snuck up on me. At one point I was visited by a security gaurd for the ex-president’s compound just behind me. I thought I was getting kicked off the tracks, but apparently he didn’t care much what I did. He had a call that some idiot was standing on the train tracks down below and had to respond to it. He made sure I knew it was stupid to be there, and I assured him that I was smart enough to know just how stupid I was, and with that he was off and back to his tea and scones or whatever ex-presidential security guys do when they’re not investigating idiots on the train tracks. No harm, no foul.

“Modern Lines”

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 12″ x 12″
Year: 2019

Notes:
I’ve walked over and beneath this line many a time. I’ve jumped from the tracks to flee the train. I’ve marveled at the burnt beams and wondered that entire trains could be held up by charcoal and memory. Apparently others wondered too, and decided on that eternal upgrade- smooth concrete. Impervious to the hobo’s fire. It’s not the same, but nothing is ever the same. The quiet train, now electric glides overhead. You don’t even hear it coming, you only feel the ground shake and then it’s upon you. Be careful out there. Write your name on the asphault with surf wax. Write your name on the concrete with paint. Try not get your name engraved in the concrete over your head before your proper time.

“Midday Flats”

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 12″ x 12″
Year: 2019

Notes:
Standing here today, it’s hard to beleive this is one of the focal points of high-performance surfing in California. At times there are thousands packed onto this beach to watch professional surfers compete at this very spot. But not today. There is no one. Looking down the coast from here brings back a lot of good memories for me as well. I’d wanted to come down and spend a whole day wandering and painting here, but the wind had come up and ripped the ocean ragged, making the chore difficult and the inspiration harder to come by. I’m not sure what it was that struck me about this little scene, but there was a simple elegance to it that caught my eye. Or that might have been a piece of sand caught in my eye. Or maybe both.

“Inclement”

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 20″ x 16″
Year: 2019

Notes:
I was invited to see the view of the coast from this private community today. It did not disappoint.  Also not disaappointing was the hospitality shown by my host, who gave me the tour of the entire coastal estate’s prime views, who sent his kid off on a bike in a successful search for amazing shrimp tacos, and who welcomed me into his home for no other reason than that he liked what I was doing and wanted to open up a few views for me that would have been hard to access any other way. Hero status. Also not disappointing was the inclement weather- the passing showers and threats of rain that came and went but never quite unleashed and allowed this painting to drift to it’s completion unaffected. There was one huge disappointment though. I scraped up the remnants of the previously mentioned shrimp tacos with this rad little travel utensil set my wife gave me as a van-warming gift, and then proceeded to toss the metal fork in the waste-bin afterwards. Nuts!

“End of the West”

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 12″ x 12″
Year: 2019

Notes:
It’s the end of the west. It’s the setting sun. It’s a trainwreck that’s only just begun. It’s a crowded bar. It’s the law of the land. It’s illicit ativities obscured by hot sand. It’s a war at sea. It’s the first shots fired. It’s victory in sight, though not the one desired. It’s a shift in the wind. It’s an outgoing tide. It’s the last man standing as the captain died. It’s a history lesson. It’s the name of the street. It’s a blank stare from the strangers we will never meet. It’s childhood freedom. It’s only in jest. It’s just getting started but it’s the end of the west.

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