Prime Pelican Real Estate

A plein air painting of the steep cliffs of the Pelican Bluffs trail on the Mendocino coast of northern California

Artwork Notes:

It had been awhile. We needed to getaway and we found what we were looking for on the Mendocino coast. A small house. Just our family and the wind and more beauty than one should rightfully be entitled to, unless it were by grace. Speaking of a different form of grace, pelicans are the masters, and it was a joy to paint this stretch of coast in their presence. What is going on with earth here though? Dizzying displays of plate tectonics. I set up a few feet from the edge, tying my easel to a small fence, partly to keep it from blowing away in the howling wind, and partly so I’d have something secure to grab on to should the heights send me spinning asunder.

-Matt Beard




Artwork Information:


Artwork Title: "Prime Pelican Real Estate"
Original Size: 20" x 16"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2021
Price of Original: $740

Additional Artwork Information:


Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 03/16/2021
Region: The California Coast > Northern California > Mendocino

Artwork Logistics:


Miles Hiked: 2-4 Miles
Access Logitics: Sneaky Public Access Easement
Geological Hazards: Steep or Unstable Cliffs
Botanical Hazards: Some Poison Oak Observed
Biological Hazards: High Grass- Tick Country!
Weather Logistics: Painted in Stupid Strong Wind that I had No Business Trying to Paint In, Painted in Full Sun with no Shade


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