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

48mph: The Speed of Memory

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.

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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