Not Exactly No




Not Exactly No

It was bright green
And there wasn’t very much of it
Still dripping with saltwater
Across her goosebumped flesh

I knew she was an artist
Because as I fought to keep my focus
Safely on the twin circles
Of her eyes
I could see they were dark
And curious

She saw me setting up on this cliff
As she dipped under a wave
Too cool off down below
So she came up the path
And straight for me

It was a short conversation
There wasn’t very much of it
She wanted to see the painting
I had barely even started
The painting was at an awkward point
That made two of us
And I couldn’t say no
Not exactly
I just muttered something
Of a fumbled disclaimer

But she was unfazed
And just as she stepped closer
To see the barely sketched out canvas
My artist pals drove by

I don’t know what it looked like
But later they informed me
I’d be buying beer that night
Or they’d send the photo to my wife

* I thought this was pretty funny, but I don’t think I mentioned this to my wife yet, so if you’re reading this honey: I love you like crazy and I sure hope you know it.

-Matt Beard




Artwork Information:


Artwork Title: "Not Exactly No"
Original Size: 16" x 20"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2022

Additional Artwork Information:


Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 04/07/2022
Region: The California Coast > Southern California > San Diego

Artwork Logistics:


Travel Logistics: Had to Sleep in My Van
Access Logitics: The Shoulder of a Busy Road/Highway
Geological Hazards: Steep or Unstable Cliffs
Biological Hazards: Painted in Public During a Global Pandemic, Food/Drink Delivered and Consumed While Painting
Anthropological Hazards: Surfers Are The Worst, Crowds with Lots of Questions, People Drinking, Other Painters
Weather Logistics: Painted in Full Sun with no Shade
Temperature: Uncomfortably Warm


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