All You Can Eat

Plein air artwork of Tabletop Reef in Del Mar on the San Diego coast of southern California

Artwork Notes:

This was a significant painting for me. I have a tendency to want to include everything, and break up every space on a canvas into smaller and smaller pieces. When painting flat beaches or spaces with a lot of empty foreground or sky I usually struggle with those empty areas. Here I finally just let them be. Not sure why it took nearly thirty years of painting to figure that one out, but better late than never, yeah?

Also it was super hot and humid and uncomfortable. I found shade under the stairs to the beach- smart! …And it rained sand every time someone passed overhead coming or going- not so smart!

-Matt Beard




Artwork Information:


Artwork Title: "All You Can Eat"
Original Size: 20" x 10"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2018

Additional Artwork Information:


Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 07/25/2018
Region: The California Coast > Southern California > San Diego
Road Trip: Heat Wave Tour - July 2018

Artwork Logistics:


Miles Hiked: Less than 1 Mile
Hiking Terrain: Pounding Pavement
Access Logitics: Sneaky Public Access Easement
Biological Hazards: Aggressive Seagulls/Birds, Food/Drink Delivered and Consumed While Painting
Anthropological Hazards: Other Painters
Temperature: Uncomfortably Warm


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