Free Range #24: The Spirit Not the Letter


Artwork Notes:

Odometer: 1,120.9 miles

Driving out to check this place, I could tell the wind was coming up fast and early, so I figured I’d skip the surf and just get right into painting. I had the easy spots in mind, simple views right off the shoulder of the road as it wound over the bluffs above the beach. It had been awhile since I’d passed this, way so I didn’t recall all the no parking signs lining the entire length of road. Large, wide, safe shoulders everywhere with amazing views up the coast and someone got a wild hair to keep anyone from stopping there. With the wind blowing as it was, I knew my only chance to paint this view would be from the windblock afforded by my rolling studio van. I figured I’d go down to the county park at the end of the road and see what the park ranger had to say. I paid for my day use and he said go for it. There was one old retired guard around that made a point of enforcing the no parking rule and that the main point of the signs was to keep folks from parking up there and poaching on the use of the park without paying. Fair enough. Figured I was good to go then so I painted, had my burger and left for points south.

-Matt Beard




Artwork Information:


Artwork Title: "Free Range #24: The Spirit Not the Letter"
Original Size: 20" x 16"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2015

Additional Artwork Information:


Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 08/04/2015
Region: The California Coast > Santa Barbara > Southern California
Road Trip: California 2015

Artwork Logistics:


Travel Logistics: Had to Sleep in My Van
Parking Logistics: Questionable or Illegal Parking Required
Vehicular Logistics: Painted from Inside the Van
Access Logitics: Prohibited Area (on Public Land)
Weather Logistics: Painted in Heavy Winds


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