Sticks and Stones

Plein air artwork from Pebble Beach in Crescent City on the Del Norte coast of Northern California



Artwork Notes:

I had painted this same scene a few months prior, but only focused on the rock stack and ignored the view of the sweeping beach as it arcs its way around this bend in the coast. In the middle of painting this one, a tricky situation arose. My nose just started bleeding randomly. Maybe a bit dehydrated? It happens every few years and always unexpectedly. I saw drops of blood on the palette and had to act fast and dig up a clean paint rag (an old cloth diaper, they are the best) from my pack and hold it to my nose. There’s a chance this painting contains my actual DNA now. Kinda weird. Sorry if it grosses anyone out. It’s just life. And a reminder that our bodies are made of flesh and blood. Fragile like an ecosystem. Eventually unstable like an eroded cliff. We all fall back to the sea, eventually. On this particular day, I did not fall back to the sea though, hopefully my time is a long way off. But it was an awkward way to paint- holding an old cloth diaper to my bleeding face, while sorting out the colors of sand and water, sticks and stones…

-Matt Beard




Artwork Information:


Artwork Title: "Sticks and Stones"
Original Size: 24" x 12"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2018

Additional Artwork Information:


Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 10/30/2018
Region: The California Coast > Northern California > Del Norte

Artwork Logistics:


Geological Hazards: Awkward Footing on Uneven Terrain
Biological Hazards:
Anthropological Hazards: Sketchy Human Interactions
Weather Logistics: Painted in Full Sun with no Shade


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