Just Before Sunset




Artwork Notes:

One of those summer evenings that make you just feel like life could always be this way. It can’t. But in the moment, maybe it sorta can.

I painted this while watching one particular section of reef where wave after wave peeled across in perfection.  I couldn’t finish this quick enough.

I caught one gem of a wave just before the sun set, a roller that passed under the outside reef and was setting up nicely just where I was hunting. The rest of the pack was further in and as I faded and stalled to line up the wave for a speed run when it stood up on the reef I heard someone screaming behind me. Had to turn and see what the fuss was and it was some guy on a longboard that I’d already passed by as I wove through the crowd, he must have turned and paddled in behind me and now was trying to call me off this little beauty. Nope. The effect of his yelling was counterproductive for him as all it did was cause me to stall a bit longer than intended and then promptly stuff him in the whitewater as I turned up and into the bending wall before me. It was a racetrack to the end, and when I finally came through as the wave slowed up again, he was nowhere to be seen. Sorry buddy. But not sorry at all. That was a fun one.

The only thing I really am sorry for is talking explicitly about surfing right now. I generally try to avoid this sort of thing. I don’t know, it always sounds pretty silly. I guess that’s because it is. You can’t take things too seriously on summer evenings like this.

-Matt Beard




Artwork Information:


Artwork Title: "Just Before Sunset"
Original Size: 20" x 16"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2021

Additional Artwork Information:


Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 04/28/2021
Region: The California Coast > Southern California > San Diego

Artwork Logistics:


Miles Hiked: Less than 1 Mile
Hiking Terrain: Pounding Pavement
Biological Hazards: Painted in Public During a Global Pandemic, Food/Drink Delivered and Consumed While Painting
Anthropological Hazards: People Drinking, Other Painters, Sketchy Human Interactions, Surfers Are The Worst, Crowds with Lots of Questions
Weather Logistics: Painted in Full Sun with no Shade


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