“Pure and Simple”

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Size: 20″ x 10″
Year: 2018

One of my favorite things is finding a new trail to access a piece of coast I haven’t seen before. I’d seen some newer trailheads on a previous trip and made a mental note to return when the opportunity arose. Today it arose because the surf was no good but the weather was nice, a great day to go paint and I happened to be in the area. I’d looked up the trail on a map and saw that it ran for miles on the edge of the coastal bluff, fields of artichokes on one side, the deep blue sea on the other. A pure and simple distillation of the essence of this coastline.  I was disappointed to find the trail closed on weekdays. Nuts! I’m sure they have a fine reason for this, but it boggled my mind. Fortunately, it wasn’t closed at the road, but all the way down by the ocean. The view from the locked gate was nice… but it was a little nicer just a little further.

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