Mountain of Mien Mo

A plein air painting overlooking Andrew Molera and Point Sur with Pico Blanco in the distance on the Big Sur coast of California

Artwork Notes:

Titled after Kerouac’s name for this mountain, a looming white peak visible from the canyon beneath the bridge where Kerouac stayed and wrote his novel, and also visible from this ridge a good distance down the coast. This peak is full of stories. Creation stories. Secret caves stories. Lost civilization stories. Mysterious dark figure stories. Get rich quick stories. Get rich slow stories. Lose everything stories. Find everything stories. Everyone has their own mountain to climb or else cower in fear beneath it. Onward. All of us! Onward.

-Matt Beard




Artwork Information:


Artwork Title: "Mountain of Mien Mo"
Original Size: 20" x 16"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2020
Price of Original: $713

Additional Artwork Information:


Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 02/17/2020
Region: The California Coast > Central California > Monterey
Road Trip: Big Sur 2020

Artwork Logistics:


Miles Hiked: Less than 1 Mile
Vehicular Logistics: Extra Vehicular Assistance Needed
Extra-Vehicular Requirements: Ride on Truck/Quad/Off-Road Vehicle Required for Access
Access Logitics: Private Property, Posted: No Trespassing
(Painted With Permission)
Botanical Hazards: Some Poison Oak Observed
Biological Hazards: Frequent Mountain Lion Sightings, High Grass- Tick Country!
Weather Logistics: Painted in Heavy Winds, Painted in Full Sun with no Shade


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