Nothing is Easy




Artwork Notes:

1st day on the road, 2nd painting completed

I pulled off the highway here on my first day down the coast. The light was of the flat midday sort where the shadows are still hiding underneath their rocks staying cool in the heat of the sun, waiting till things cool off to come out again in the afternoon. I wanted to paint here but the light was not working for me yet. That said, the color of the water up the coast with the distant haze of the morning marine layer hovering was interesting enough so I settled on a quick small one, figuring it would be easy to just paint real quick and move on.

2 hours later, what am I doing? And what is this tiny little brush doing in my hand? I can’t stand tiny brushes. My eyes are too blurry and my hand too wobbly to play around with them. But still, here I am, noodling around with all these little rocks trying to really illustrate the scene rather than just the simple goal of getting the feeling of that midday vibe. Good grief. I’ve painted 16×20’s faster than this little 6×8.

Oh well.

Nothing is easy.

-Matt Beard




Artwork Information:


Artwork Title: "Nothing is Easy"
Original Size: 6" x 8"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2017

Additional Artwork Information:


Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 07/02/2017
Region: The California Coast > Northern California > Mendocino
Road Trip: Mendocino/Sonoma 2017

Artwork Logistics:


Travel Logistics: Had to Sleep in My Van
Vehicular Logistics: Painted from Inside the Van
Temperature: Uncomfortably Warm


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