“The Usual Difficulties”

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


First day on this road trip, first painting completed.

I’ve driven past this dirt road for years, knowing that it was there, but a bit wary of taking my large sprinter van down it’s length, not wanting to get stuck in a situation where I’d need to reverse a half-mile of dirt road with no turnaround.

But it offers a such a great glimpse of a rather lost-in-time stretch of coast that I keep thinking one day I’ll just borrow someone’s truck and just go daytrip the thing. Why I haven’t done so yet is beyond me, but on this trip south I figured I’d take just a peek after scouting on the maps for a good turnaround for the van and seeing what looked like one only a half mile in.

It turned out to be a great spot with a real good view from a little knoll above the turnout. The morning light was crispy and lent a sense of urgency to the piece that I rather enjoy seeing in it now, though at the time I felt it a bit frantic.

Now that I’ve gotten a glimpse of this zone firsthand, perhaps I’ll be fired up to make the actual trip happen to go explore the length of it.

But alas, such is California’s coast that so often we peer down on these amazing zones with fun little waves from cliffs high above, yet with no way to access them beyond risking life and limb, and possibly even getting hurt.

This was no different. So inviting, so close, but so far away. Just the usual difficulties.

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