The Dark Watchers


Artwork Information:

Artwork Title: "The Dark Watchers"
Original Size: 20" x 16"
Artwork Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2020

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Additional Artwork Information:

Artwork Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 02/21/2020
Region Depicted in Painting: Central California
Sub-Region: Monterey
Road Trip! Big Sur 2020

Plein Air Logistics:

Travel Logistics: Had to Sleep in My Van
Miles Hiked: 1-2 Miles
Hiking Terrain: Off Trail Wilderness Tromping
Geological Hazards: Steep or Unstable Cliffs
Botanical Hazards: Lots of Poison Oak!
Biological Hazards: High Grass- Tick Country!, Ticks Observed on Skin or Clothing
Anthropological Hazards: Sketchy Human Interactions
Weather Logistics: Painted in Stupid Strong Wind that I had No Business Trying to Paint In, Threatening to Rain


Artwork Notes | The Dark Watchers

Through thickets of poison to a cliff in the wind beneath dark skies, they followed. Not with their bodies, just with their eyes. They call them Dark Watchers, and stories of them in these hills go back generations. If you see them and try to approach one, they vanish into the landscape. I wish I could do that sometimes too, just stand and watch and observe the landscape as I paint it, and as soon as someone sees me and wants to come chat and get-all-up-in-my-business-wanting-to-know-if-I-make-a-living-doing-this-stuff-as-if-that-somehow-has-any-bearing-on their-ability-to-appreciate-what-I-am-doing-right-there-before-their-eyes, then poof, I vanish back into the earth from whence I came. That would be beautiful. When I grow up I want to be a Dark Watcher. And just maybe I will.


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