Rogue Showers

Plein air landscape painting overlooking Half Moon Bay and Maverick's in the distance on the San Mateo coast of California

Artwork Notes:

Spent the morning sipping coffee with some new friends who ended up buying this one. It had rained overnight and even though the sun was out and bright, every time I thought to hike up into the hills for this view, another shower would come through and soak everything anew. ⠀

But that was just fine.⠀

I like coffee.⠀

And I really like coffee out of an unfamiliar mug. It means new places, new people, new horizons…⠀

And I especially really like coffee over the meandering conversations that happen after spending the night on a makeshift bed in the middle of an unfamiliar living room with borrowed blankets exactly like the ones we used in my grandparents home long ago.⠀

Rotating the leaning mug in circles on its edge, nearly empty now, feeling the tile and grout through stone-cold ceramic vibrations over a pause in the conversation as another downpour passes through and signals that it’s time for yet one more warmup. Yes, please. Fill it to the rim, and where were we?⠀⠀
Discussing gardens and children and work and real estate and history and multiple versions of tomorrow- none of which look anything like today. ⠀

Just one short year ago we could bounce down the road and in and out of each other’s lives, enriching, sharing, cross-pollinating ideas, enjoying our human experience in proximities that feel scandalous by these pandemic standards we find ourselves living now. ⠀

It’s ok to miss those times and yearn for them again…⠀

When the most pressing thing in the world was getting to know a generous stranger over another cup of coffee in their home while discussing mountain lions and poetry and the hopefully imminent end of these rogue showers.⠀

As for this day, the showers lasted longer than they were forecasted. There finally came a good break and up the hill I went. But by the time I finished this one, drops were falling yet again and I had to pack it up quickly to avoid an unwanted soaking.

-Matt Beard

Artwork Information:

Artwork Title: "Rogue Showers"
Original Size: 20" x 16"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2019

Additional Artwork Information:

Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 05/26/2019
Region: The California Coast > Central California > San Mateo
Road Trip: Maycember 2019

Artwork Logistics:

Miles Hiked: 1-2 Miles
Access Logitics: Sneaky Public Access Easement
Botanical Hazards: Some Poison Oak Observed
Biological Hazards: High Grass- Tick Country!
Anthropological Hazards: Gnarly Mountain Bikers
Weather Logistics: Painted in Heavy Winds, Threatening to Rain, Rain!

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