Modern Lines

Plein air painting from under the Trestle at Upper's point on the San Clemente Coast of Southern California



Artwork Notes:

I’ve walked over and beneath this railroad line many a time. I’ve jumped from the tracks to flee the train. I’ve marveled at the burnt beams and wondered that entire trains could be held up by charcoal and memory. Apparently others wondered too, and decided on that eternal Roman upgrade- smooth concrete. Impervious to the hobo’s fire. It’s not the same, but nothing is ever the same. The quiet train, now electric, glides overhead. You don’t even hear it coming, you only feel the ground shake and then it’s upon you. Be careful out there. Write your name on the asphalt with surf wax. Write your name on the concrete with paint. Try not get your name in the papers before your time.

*btw, I didn’t paint my name on the concrete in real life. I’m not that cool. Not even close. But it’s a fun way to sign a painting sometimes.

-Matt Beard




Artwork Information:


Artwork Title: "Modern Lines"
Original Size: 12" x 12"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2019

Additional Artwork Information:


Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 05/20/2019
Region: The California Coast > Southern California > Orange County > San Diego
Road Trip: Maycember 2019

Artwork Logistics:


Miles Hiked: 2-4 Miles
Biological Hazards: Mosquitoes
Anthropological Hazards: Sketchy Human Interactions
Weather Logistics: Painted in Heavy Winds


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