Natural Defenses


Artwork Notes:

Last one from a recent trip to Orange County, and my first plein air from this historically significant plein air zone. I’m sure there are literally thousands of paintings out there from this vantage point, but until now none of them were mine. I haven’t been avoiding it intentionally, it’s just a nightmare to find parking most of the time. I’ll be back for more, it’s a pretty spectacular little nugget of California.

Also a first, I don’t recall painting a cactus before this either… Hundreds of paintings of the California coast and not one cactus? I know they’re not exactly everywhere, but still, that trips me out a bit. Fun forms to paint, looking forward to the next time they pop up in the foreground.

-Matt Beard




Artwork Information:


Artwork Title: "Natural Defenses"
Original Size: 20" x 16"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2017

Additional Artwork Information:


Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 02/12/2017
Region: The California Coast > Southern California > Orange County
Road Trip: Orange County Winter 2017

Artwork Logistics:


Parking Logistics: Questionable or Illegal Parking Required
Miles Hiked: Less than 1 Mile
Hiking Terrain: Pounding Pavement
Botanical Hazards: Thorns and Brambles
Anthropological Hazards: Other Painters, Crowds with Lots of Questions
Weather Logistics: Painted in Full Sun with no Shade


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