Free Range #2: Leeward


Artwork Notes:

Odometer: 75.4 miles

I often paint right out the back or side of my van, literally standing up inside the thing, enjoying the shade and windblock it provides. The added elevation gain is a nice bonus as well, and sometimes it’s the only reason I paint from in there. On this day it was all three. Bright and windy, and if I stood on the ground outside I just couldn’t see over the bushes in the foreground. I know it only adds about two feet or so, but that can make all the difference.

Sometimes I get a bit picky and want to position the van just so, getting the perfect view out the door. This one was just past a large parking area as it narrowed back on to the road. It took a bit of positioning to get the view without blocking the road at all. Due to the tight squeeze, I was parked right up against the roadside guard rail.

It all worked out great until it was time to go. Somehow an edge of my bumper got caught on a spot where two railings overlapped. As I pulled away it just about ripped the front of the van off. That might be an exaggeration, but still, it was beyond me to fix it. Had to take it to a body shop later to sort that one out.

-Matt Beard




Artwork Information:


Artwork Title: "Free Range #2: Leeward"
Original Size: 20" x 16"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2015

Additional Artwork Information:


Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 07/20/2015
Region: The California Coast > Northern California > Del Norte
Road Trip: California 2015

Artwork Logistics:


Parking Logistics: Questionable or Illegal Parking Required
Vehicular Logistics: Painted from Inside the Van
Access Logitics: Awkwardly Close to Cars or Trains, The Shoulder of a Busy Road/Highway
Botanical Hazards: Some Poison Oak Observed
Weather Logistics: Painted in Heavy Winds


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