Bass and Treble

Plein air artwork from the Swami's Beach carpark in Encinitas on the San Diego coast of southern California



Artwork Notes:

3rd of 4 paintings painted this day- a larger piece for a single session plein air, but I was warmed up and found some shade so I settled into this one for the afternoon. Speaking of shade, how shady are some of the characters in this parking lot? Saw some things that can’t be unseen, but those are other stories and they aren’t that good anyway. I was focused on the scene beyond. The palms reminded me of ascending and descending notes on a piece of sheet music, the posts and rail a steady beat beneath it all. There’s music in every painting, but this one was louder than usual. Or it could have been the music through my headphones- I was feeling it and might have turned em up a bit. That’s also one of my strategies to get things done in a crowded place with lots of people looking to interact. Just blast music and sing badly. It keeps them at bay anyway. When the easel is rocking, don’t come knocking. Wrong metaphor, but for this parking lot, on this day, I don’t know, maybe not so off after all.

-Matt Beard




Artwork Information:


Artwork Title: "Bass and Treble"
Original Size: 20" x 20"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2018

Additional Artwork Information:


Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 07/30/2018
Region: The California Coast > Southern California > San Diego
Road Trip: Heat Wave Tour - July 2018

Artwork Logistics:


Anthropological Hazards: Sketchy Human Interactions


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