Ether




Artwork Notes:

Ever since I’d heard about the remains of this old pier at the bottom of a steep cliff, all covered in graffiti, I knew I’d need to paint the place. The morning fog kept me from being able to paint another cliff top vista nearby so I took advantage of the weather to paint these remains from a close distance where the fog wouldn’t obscure my subject completely. I didn’t know the graffiti would read “ether”. Seemed appropriate to me on this day where even one’s own thoughts seemed to vanish in the ether of fog every few steps.  Halfway through painting the sun burned the fog away and a beautiful morning light hit the remains and I went after it.

-Matt Beard




Artwork Information:


Artwork Title: "Ether"
Original Size: 12" x 12"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2021
Price of Original: $474

Additional Artwork Information:


Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 05/05/2021
Region: The California Coast > Central California > Santa Cruz

Artwork Logistics:


Travel Logistics: Had to Sleep in My Van
Miles Hiked: 1-2 Miles
Access Logitics: Sneaky Public Access Easement
Geological Hazards: Steep or Unstable Cliffs, Surging Waves/ Wet Boots
Biological Hazards: Trash and Debris, Painted in Public During a Global Pandemic
Anthropological Hazards: Sketchy Human Interactions, Crowds with Lots of Questions
Weather Logistics: Fog Battle


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