Open Lanes




Artwork Notes:

6th day on the road, 16th painting completed, 1st on this day

I was hoping to paint the view north from this location, but when I got here I wasn’t feeling it. The linear elements of this reef meeting the microscopic 8inch lines of windswell wrapping around it got my interest though, especially with the backlit morning light peeking around the hillside I was on.

I did have to walk around a locked gate through an opening to a private lane where I noticed a large NO TRESPASSING sign spray painted completely black. I think that means visitors are welcome then, no?

At any rate, the few folks that came and went through that locked gate either didn’t notice me lurking with my easel in the ferns, or they just didn’t care, as nobody said a word.

-Matt Beard




Artwork Information:


Artwork Title: "Open Lanes"
Original Size: 12" x 12"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2017

Additional Artwork Information:


Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 07/16/2017
Region: The California Coast > Northern California > Mendocino
Road Trip: Mendocino/Sonoma 2017

Artwork Logistics:


Miles Hiked: Less than 1 Mile
Hiking Terrain: Off Trail Wilderness Tromping, Full-On Bushwhacking
Access Logitics: Private Property
(Painted Without Permission)
Geological Hazards: Steep or Unstable Cliffs
Botanical Hazards: Thorns and Brambles
Biological Hazards: High Grass- Tick Country!


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