Rising Tide- Setting Sun

Plein air artwork from Terra Mar near Carlsbad on the San Diego coast of southern California



Artwork Notes:

About a year ago, I spent a week in San Diego painting with my friend Wade Koniakowsky and wrapped it up with a show in his gallery. It was a hot week, and sometimes challenging to find the motivation. This was at the end of a long day in the bright sun as the afternoon finally started it’s turn into evening. The tide was high, and a largish swell was running with just two surfers out front getting pummeled for our entertainment.

I set up just up the road from Wade to paint this little bend in the cliff capped off by a scraggly stump of a windblown cypress hanging on for dear life- probably in a tree’s version of a comatose state dreaming of a life in Big Sur.

A group of guys walked by, tattoos, wife-beaters, socks pulled high, beanies even though it was still fairly hot out. They were stoked on the painting. Well not so much the painting itself I reckon, they seemed to me like the sort of crew that doesn’t encounter plein air painters too often, so I think they were just stoked to see a real life hipster version of Bob Ross doing his thing out on a cliff in the wind. They were so jazzed they gave me a cold beer out of the paper sack one of them carried. Heroes.

A short while later, Wade was finished up with his painting and he walked over with his wife and a friend who had brought more beer, and… this is key… wait for it… Chips and salsa. Oh my. I don’t even care how this painting turns out anymore, this might just be as good as it gets right here right now.

-Matt Beard




Artwork Information:


Artwork Title: "Rising Tide- Setting Sun"
Original Size: 20" x 16"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2018

Additional Artwork Information:


Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 07/23/2018
Region: The California Coast > Southern California > San Diego
Road Trip: Heat Wave Tour - July 2018

Artwork Logistics:


Miles Hiked: Less than 1 Mile
Access Logitics: The Shoulder of a Busy Road/Highway
Geological Hazards: Steep or Unstable Cliffs
Biological Hazards: Food/Drink Delivered and Consumed While Painting
Anthropological Hazards: Other Painters
Weather Logistics: Painted in Full Sun with no Shade


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