Idylls of the King

A plein air painting of the view over Avalon Harbor on Catalina Island off the coast of southern California



Artwork Notes:

Did you know that King Arthur’s famed sword, the Excalibur, was forged here, and that this is the island where King Arthur himself passed away? Ok, that’s not true, but the little town tucked behind this little cove on this desert island was named after the island in that very legend, as recorded in the English poet Lord Alfred Tennyson’s Idylls of the King in the late 1880’s. I’m no king but this was a rather idyllic setting to paint an afternoon away, that’s for sure.

-Matt Beard




Artwork Information:


Artwork Title: "Idylls of the King"
Original Size: 16" x 20"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2020

Additional Artwork Information:


Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 07/28/2020
Region: The California Coast > The Channel Islands > Southern California > Los Angeles
Road Trip: Southern California Catalina Ventura San Diego Orange County Van Smashed Could Have Died With My Wife in Gnarly Car Wreck at Rincon Point 2020

Artwork Logistics:


Vehicular Logistics: Extra Vehicular Assistance Needed
Extra-Vehicular Requirements: Boat Required for Access, Ride on Truck/Quad/Off-Road Vehicle Required for Access
Access Logitics: The Shoulder of a Busy Road/Highway
Biological Hazards: Painted in Public During a Global Pandemic
Anthropological Hazards: People Drinking, Language Barrier, Other Painters, Crowds with Lots of Questions
Weather Logistics: Painted in Full Sun with no Shade
Temperature: Cooking Hot


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