Plein air from a van rocked by gusty winds. I tried to leave this area after the last one, I was beat, dirty, and looking forward to a hot shower and my family’s faces once again. But just as I was mentally plotting where I might find the nearest cheeseburger before making the 5 hour drive home, there was a fork in the road. To the left was food and the prospect of being home tonight, to the right was a road that would take me further out on this headland, already an hour’s dogleg from highway one. I’d never been this far out here before and not knowing when I’d be this way again it was an easy choice. I’d have to sleep in the van one more night. Then 5 or 10 minutes down that new road there was another fork that headed to the leeward side of the headland. I thought I would just take a look and then continue to the end of the main road. I never made it past this view. I literally used the side door opening on my van as a viewfinder for this one. Nothing in me felt like painting except for the sense of awe and opportunity that this beauty presented, so I ate a bit of dry bread for fuel and pushed through this one as quickly as I could and moved on. By now the exhaustion and hunger had the best of me and this time I chose the cheeseburger over the end if the road. Still had to sleep in the van though.
Artwork Title: "Milk and Honey"
Original Size: 12" x 12"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2016
Additional Artwork Information:
Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 06/29/2016
Region: The California Coast > Northern California > Marin
Road Trip: Marin 2016
Travel Logistics: Had to Sleep in My Van
Vehicular Logistics: Painted from Inside the Van
Weather Logistics: Painted in Heavy Winds, Painted in Stupid Strong Wind that I had No Business Trying to Paint In
Tags: AFTERNOON LIGHT, AGRICULTURE, BAYS, CANYONS AND VALLEYS, CATTLE, DRY GRASS, GOLDEN LIGHT, LOOKING BACK TOWARD LAND, PAINTED UNUSUALLY FAST, THE FOOD CHAIN, WORKING CATTLE RANCHES