“Morning Blues: Sides A and B”

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 12″ x 16″ and 12″ x 16″ diptych
Year: 2017

2nd day on the road, 3rd (and 4th) painting completed

These two paintings were painted together in the same session.

There was roadwork going on at this location shutting the two lane road down to one at this point, making stopping and parking a bit difficult. Fortunately it was a weekend day, Sunday morning I believe, so there would be no work taking place. I took advantage of that hunch and wedged my van into the entrance of the construction zone. Clearly, this wasn’t supposed to be a parking place, but I figured I would be standing and painting within earshot, so if I was asked to move, it would be no problem.

The reason I wanted to paint this location should be somewhat obvious, it’s a high elevation vantage, right over a pristine beach, and one that nearly every surfer passing through has stopped for a wave or three, myself included. Maybe 20 years ago I even paddled through that cave in the rockstack and remember the glistening light clearly to this day.

The morning light here was incredible, when it showed, as the whole scene wavered a few times between thick all consuming fog and a clearing blue sky day in the early stages of the painting. I went with the light when it was available. But that fog never really left, it just stayed back long enough to get the job done and move on.

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