Everyone is Listening

Plein air landscape painting of California poppies at Lopez point over Monterey's Big Sur Coast of Central California

Artwork Notes:

My final painting of this trip. I recently read about the family that home-steaded this place back in the 1800’s and installed a phone line to King City in 1910. One of the kids that grew up here recalled that you could tell who was calling because everyone had a different ring. And when a call was made, all the phones up and down the line rang and everyone answered. Once it was settled who the caller wanted to speak to, the others would go quiet, but still listen in, offering occasional corrections if something didn’t sound right. His aunt Lulu was particularly adept at this art. Awkward and funny, yet understandable. This is a quiet coast. The ocean may roar, but in the spaces between the outposts, the noise of the outside world fades into flowers. I didn’t speak to a single person while painting this one, the only people I saw were in cars moving so fast that we may as well have been in different dimensions. The air was lonely and the light was beautiful. So I just talked to myself on top of the van while painting… and aunt Lulu never had to correct me even once.

-Matt Beard




Artwork Information:


Artwork Title: "Everyone is Listening"
Original Size: 20" x 16"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2020

Additional Artwork Information:


Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 02/22/2020
Region: The California Coast > Central California > Monterey
Road Trip: Big Sur 2020

Artwork Logistics:


Travel Logistics: Had to Sleep in My Van
Vehicular Logistics: Painted from Roof Platform on Van
Access Logitics: The Shoulder of a Busy Road/Highway
Weather Logistics: Painted in Heavy Winds, Painted in Full Sun with no Shade


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