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Free Range: Heat Wave Tour – July 2018

25 days. 25 paintings. 4 paintings completed on one day.  3 paintings completed in over 100 degree heat.  1 painting completed in temperatures below 75 degrees. 1 boat ride. 1 painting done after dark under a full moon. 1 call made by a stranger to 911 because “Janet Jackson was being held hostage in a house on PCH in Malibu.” For real. Well not that she was really held hostage, but for real that a stranger needed to borrow my phone to make that call without telling me first. Malibu is full of nuts.

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“Sarah’s Lemonade”

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 20″ x 16″
Year: 2018

Notes:

I scour the coast looking for views like this. They don’t always reveal themselves right away. This one took years of following hunches and calculating the risks of trespassing on these multi-million dollar properties. If they can afford real estate here, they might have other homes elsewhere as well, so what are the odds of them even being home at all, right? Besides, even if they were home, if she caught you painting on or near her property, she might just invite you in for a cold glass of lemonade and give you a tour of her house on the hill while showing you the paintings she’s made which adorn her walls.

I have to admit I was hoping for a stronger drink after a long day painting in the heat, but a cold glass of lemonade is nothing to scoff at.

Thank you, Sarah. It was great to meet you and your family. I think you’re really going to love painting in “plein air”. I look forward to painting with you from your front deck with an even-better view one of these days.  I hope your trip to Italy is simply marvelous.

“Vaudevillian Cartoon”

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 20″ x 16″
Year: 2018

Notes:
Vaudeville [vôd(ə)ˌvil] noun. a theatrical genre of variety entertainment, typically made up of a series of separate, unrelated acts grouped together on a common bill.

Act one: The rugged beauty of a pristine corner of California’s coast.

Act two: Tourists peering out from beneath beach umbrellas while shouting a their kids and inadvertently feeding seagulls who are smart enough to know a distracted parent when they see one.

Act three: Perpetual novice surfers who have all the time in the world to learn to surf, owing to wealth generated from any means other than actual work, but who just bob and paddle around as the wind of their joyously clueless whims blows them.

Act four: A testosterone-fueled circus act where the slightly more experienced surfers demonstrate their skill level by insisting on sitting and taking off closer to the rock than you and thereby botching 4 out of  every 5 set waves.

Enjoy the show.

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