“Fault Lines”

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


5th day on the road, 15th painting completed, 2nd one this day

I’ve scouted around in this cove a few times looking for an angle to paint this place, but never bothered to find a way out onto the cliffs that overlook it. Glad I finally did, I could spend weeks painting out here. What really stands out up here is the geological forces that have shaped this cove. I believe the San Andreas fault line runs right through it, and I was drawn to the linear elements of the scene before me.

It was a longish walk from the road to get out here, often on game trails through tall grass that had me tucking my pant legs into my socks and checking for ticks religiously. I was relieved to never see a single one, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t thinking of those little bloodsuckers nearly the whole time.

When I was nearly finished with this one, some ladies came walking by on the nearby trail. They stopped and made note of the waves they thought I’d added (I’d seen a few). At first I thought they were just friendly walkers out to chat on a nice afternoon. Then they wanted to know where I was from, and who I was with, and let me know they noticed my van back at the carpark. I assured them I was alone, not part of a group and not connected to any other artists that have passed through these parts.

Maybe I read them wrong, but they sure seemed to be putting out some territorial vibes in that short conversation. But I understand, they live in a very small town, in a very beautiful place, in a state whose coast is being bought and sold at an alarming rate. Protectionism isn’t all their fault. It’s also their virtue.

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