Right Before Breakfast

An early morning landscape painting of deer grazing on a coastal meadow at sunrise on the Northern California coast

Artwork Notes:

I’m not a “morning” person, I am however a “whatever-magic-is-in-the-light-in-this-particular-place-right-now” person so it worked itself out. Just the sight of these deer grazing along a beachside meadow beneath a rising sun aroused these dry bones from the body bag and back to life. It was such a moving scene, I was surprised whole whales weren’t emerging from the scattered bones buried in the sand as well. They didn’t though. Whales are heavy sleepers.

-Matt Beard




Artwork Information:


Artwork Title: "Right Before Breakfast"
Original Size: 16" x 12"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2020

Additional Artwork Information:


Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 08/06/2020
Region: The California Coast > Northern California > Humboldt

Artwork Logistics:


Travel Logistics: Backpacking with Too Much Gear
Miles Hiked: Less than 1 Mile
Hiking Terrain: Trudging Through Soft Sand
Vehicular Logistics: Extra Vehicular Assistance Needed
Extra-Vehicular Requirements: Accessed by Small Airplane, Drop Off Required
Botanical Hazards: Some Poison Oak Observed
Biological Hazards: Bears on the Beach!
Anthropological Hazards: Surfers Are The Worst
Weather Logistics: Painted in Full Sun with no Shade
Temperature: Uncomfortably Warm


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