Odelay


Artwork Notes:

Named this one after the album that shares the same name from Beck, simply because that’s what I was listening to while standing out on a roof overlooking this vista as I recorded the train tracks through the wetlands below on canvas.

This entire trip was plagued by a persistent coastal marine layer, but I had some good afternoon sun for most of this one. Also had to wrestle a bit with the hillside of torrey pines in the foreground. I’d never noticed before just how drastically those trees change colors at every subtle shift of light. I think it has to do with their needles being fairly open, allowing light to filter and refract through them.

Very beautiful, but a challenging spectrum to convey- one minute they’re glowing brighter than their surroundings as the sun fills their needles, the next they’ve gone darker than their surroundings as the cloud cover reveals their darker color.

-Entry on May 28, 2016

-Matt Beard




Artwork Information:


Artwork Title: "Odelay"
Original Size: 20" x 16"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2016

Additional Artwork Information:


Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 05/28/2016
Region: The California Coast > Southern California > San Diego
Road Trip: San Diego 2016

Artwork Logistics:


Travel Logistics: Had to Sleep in My Van
Access Logitics: Private Property, Posted: No Trespassing, Painted from a Rooftop
(Painted With Permission)
Weather Logistics: Painted in Full Sun with no Shade
Temperature: Uncomfortably Warm


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