She Called Off the Dogs

A plein air landscape painting looking down on Pfeiffer Beach on Monterey's Big Sur coast of Central California



Artwork Notes:

I only had to walk about a mile and a half down a steep and private dirt road to get to this vantage point of a beach everyone knows, but few have seen from this angle. About half way down, I was greeted by friendly dogs doing their best to act really unfriendly to strangers with funny backpacks walking down their roads. Good dogs. There was a clear point in the road that they did not want me to pass. Step over the line, bark and growl, step back, quiet, repeat as desired. Contemplating the options and the steep hike back up the road, I’d have to just risk it. Right about when I’d worked up the nerve to step over their line and keep walking I heard a voice from behind the fence down the road. She Called Off the Dogs.

-Matt Beard




Artwork Information:


Artwork Title: "She Called Off the Dogs"
Original Size: 20" x 16"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2020

Additional Artwork Information:


Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 02/18/2020
Region: The California Coast > Central California > Monterey
Road Trip: Big Sur 2020

Artwork Logistics:


Miles Hiked: 2-4 Miles
Vehicular Logistics: Extra Vehicular Assistance Needed
Extra-Vehicular Requirements: Ride on Truck/Quad/Off-Road Vehicle Required for Access
Access Logitics: Private Property, Posted: No Trespassing
(Painted With Permission)
Biological Hazards: Unruly Dogs, Mysterious Insect Bites/Stings
Anthropological Hazards: Other Painters
Weather Logistics: Painted in Full Sun with no Shade
Temperature: Uncomfortably Warm


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