Free Range #17: Oh the Humanity




Artwork Notes:

Odometer: 800.1 miles

This town is nuts. Lineups crawling with surfers of all skill levels. Surfed one wave about 3 feet from the cliff with 2 other surfers in front of me on a soft top and a stand up paddle board. I don’t think they even knew I was there. Watched soft top’s board get washed into a hole in the cliff and disappear a few waves later. Never saw if he was able to retrieve it or not. Hopefully it want a rental. And possibly on the best wave of my trip so far, took a high line to gain speed to drop around a long section, getting excited for the wall stretching out ahead and BAM! Hit by a board out of nowhere, never saw it coming. Fortunately it was just a good crack to the thigh, not the head. I held on and made it around the section, but then I realized what had happened and wondering if I was hurt or not and dug a rail cause I wasn’t in the moment anymore. Came up grumbling, mostly mad that I blew it for no good reason after holding on through the worst of it. The guy who bailed his board asked if I got that wave when I paddled back out. I wasn’t super happy and did kinda let him know. Mostly just to hang on to his board better, but I wasn’t so mad at him as myself for blowing it. Any apparent disgruntlement was likely just leftovers from yesterday’s run in with the cherry slinger. Anyway, I figured it was appropriate to share all that as this is the first piece of this art tour to include people in it. They could not be avoided. Literally.

-Matt Beard




Artwork Information:


Artwork Title: "Free Range #17: Oh the Humanity"
Original Size: 12" x 12"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2015

Additional Artwork Information:


Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 07/30/2015
Region: The California Coast > Central California > Santa Cruz
Road Trip: California 2015

Artwork Logistics:


Miles Hiked: Less than 1 Mile
Access Logitics: Prohibited Area (on Public Land), Fence or Gate Hopping Required
Geological Hazards: Steep or Unstable Cliffs, Awkward Footing on Uneven Terrain
Anthropological Hazards: Surfers Are The Worst, Crowds with Lots of Questions


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