From the Shadows

Plein air painting of a dark morning on the La Jolla coast of San Diego in Southern California

Artwork Notes:

I painted this one alongside my friend Norm Daniels on a wet, dark and gray day, that began with a lot of grumbling on my part. I didn’t leave the rain in Humboldt and drive all the way to San Diego for this…

Norm is a great artist and a great guy to hang out with under a shade palapa (good for rain shelter too) and paint a morning away. We ate donuts. We spoke with a Jewish couple who came down to baptize their new cooking pot in the ocean. Norm was also babtized in the ocean. Somehow this struck me as humorous and I blurted out that Norm and the pot were now brothers in the Lord… this was met with blank stares from all. Maybe it wasn’t that funny. Hindsight is 20/20.

I ended up really enjoying the painting after embracing the moodiness of the morning and working with it instead of wishing for something else. After painting, we had tacos and beers and I really couldn’t have asked for a better day, even though I grumbled a bit at the start of it. Out from the shadows, and into the light.

-Matt Beard




Artwork Information:


Artwork Title: "From the Shadows"
Original Size: 20" x 16"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2019

Additional Artwork Information:


Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 05/09/2019
Region: The California Coast > Southern California > San Diego
Road Trip: Maycember 2019

Artwork Logistics:


Miles Hiked: Less than 1 Mile
Hiking Terrain: Pounding Pavement
Biological Hazards: Food/Drink Delivered and Consumed While Painting, Donuts!
Anthropological Hazards: Other Painters, Crowds with Lots of Questions
Weather Logistics: Threatening to Rain


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