Out of the Strong, Something Sweet

A plein air painting of a dirt road at Lyon's Ranch in the Bald Hills of Humboldt County, California



Out of the Strong, Something Sweet

Out of the eater
Comes something to eat
And out of the reader
Comes something to read…

You may find me in town
Or at home resting my feet
We’ll discuss the numbers
Of money, milk, and meat
We’ll entertain the angels
Without offering a seat
We’ll speak of the devil
Without feeling the heat
But this meeting of minds
Will remain incomplete
This is only my shell
With which you meet

I’m off in the distance
I’m around the bend
I’m out in the wilderness
On a hill in the wind
I’m fighting with God
I’m also his friend

I’m down in the valley
Of the shadow of death
I’m six feet under
I am one last breath

I am the funeral march
I am the end of the road
I am the one to whom
Nothing is owed

I am the mountain moved
I am the song of the bees
I am an avalanche
I am a gentle breeze

From the chaos of love
Comes a heart’s quiet beat
And out of the strong
Comes something sweet

-Matt Beard




Artwork Information:


Artwork Title: "Out of the Strong, Something Sweet"
Original Size: 20" x 16"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2020

Additional Artwork Information:


Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 06/24/2020
Region: The California Coast > Northern California > Humboldt > Not the California Coast > Somewhere in California (Just not the Coast)

Artwork Logistics:


Miles Hiked: 1-2 Miles
Biological Hazards: High Grass- Tick Country!, Mosquitoes
Anthropological Hazards: Other Painters
Weather Logistics: Painted in Full Sun with no Shade
Temperature: Uncomfortably Warm


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