None Shall Pass

None Shall Pass

An arch that’s been painted once or twice or a thousand times before this, and will be again by countless others walking these shores.

All I know is that at least on this day they better approach from the south, because there was no getting past the rocks on the north side. A steady stream of snap-shotters and well dressed selfie-seekers poured into this arch as I stood and painted, and everyone one of them stopped and turned around to go back to from whence they came.

None shall pass.

For effect feel free to picture a pirate sitting on the arch spitting and cursing all of us softies down below, the dirty soles of his feet swinging in the wind overhead, while the barrel beside him leaks almost as much as the streams of rum running down his beard*.


*I am not the pirate. Any resemblance is purely coincidental and imagined.


-Matt Beard

Artwork Information:

Artwork Title: "None Shall Pass"
Original Size: 16" x 12"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2021

Additional Artwork Information:

Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 04/26/2021
Region: The California Coast > Southern California > Orange County

Artwork Logistics:

Travel Logistics: Had to Sleep in My Van
Miles Hiked: 1-2 Miles
Hiking Terrain: Pounding Pavement, Trudging Through Soft Sand
Access Logitics: Sneaky Public Access Easement
Geological Hazards: Awkward Footing on Uneven Terrain, Surging Waves/ Wet Boots
Biological Hazards: Painted in Public During a Global Pandemic
Anthropological Hazards: Crowds with Lots of Questions
Weather Logistics: Painted in Full Sun with no Shade

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