48mph: The Speed of Memory

Plein air artwork of the Pacific Coast Highway at Carlsbad state park on the san diego coast of southern california

Artwork Notes:

I’d driven past this little dip in coast bluff several times over the prior week while painting with Wade Koniakowsky, Norm Daniels, Jose Emroca Flores, and Greg Gorgas a couple summers back. One crispy clear afternoon the scene here really caught my eye. A day or two later I’d dragged Wade and Norm back here promising them a beautiful sweeping scene in the afternoon light. It wasn’t. Turns out the view from a car on the highway is pretty different than the view standing on the scorched earth between the north and south bound lanes. Also an early afternoon haze can put a rather undramatic gray/white blanket across a landscape. Feeling just a tinge of guilt for dragging the guys to this bland scene, we decided to make the most of it, and I just painted this from that first 48mph fleeting memory instead. Pretty sure someone got attacked by ants also. Plein air painting is pretty fun.

-Matt Beard

Artwork Information:

Artwork Title: "48mph: The Speed of Memory"
Original Size: 16" x 12"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2018

Additional Artwork Information:

Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 07/27/2018
Region: The California Coast > Southern California > San Diego
Road Trip: Heat Wave Tour - July 2018

Artwork Logistics:

Miles Hiked: Less than 1 Mile
Access Logitics: The Shoulder of a Busy Road/Highway
Biological Hazards: Mysterious Insect Bites/Stings
Anthropological Hazards: Other Painters
Weather Logistics: Painted in Full Sun with no Shade
Temperature: Uncomfortably Warm

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