The Back Road

Plein air artwork of a ranch road leading up to Hollister peak near San Luis Obispo on the central California coast

 As it happens, on this morning all of my plans were thwarted by that mother of all disruptions… No, not the pandemic, this was 2019- way before all of that. No, this diabolical mocker of all my good designs for spending a day under the sun will be with us long after this covid stuff is just a blip in our memory. I’m talking about a far more formidable foe here.  

Fog. On. The. Coast.  

Couldn’t even see the other side of the highway, let alone the ocean, so I found myself scouring the hillsides and back roads on this otherwise bright and clear morning for something to paint. Once I’m off the coast I get a little bewildered and turned around. It’s a struggle to stay motivated. But I was here to paint so I kept on and this little ranch road caught my eye leading up toward one of the many rocky peaks that dot this landscape. 

I didn’t realize it at the time but this would be a significant piece to kick off this tour of the area, the peak itself being one of the most personally meaningful locations I’d paint on this trip- hallowed ground for sure. But that’s a story for later on… 


Artwork Information:


Artwork Title: "The Back Road"
Original Size: 16" x 12"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2019

Additional Artwork Information:


Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 07/13/2019
Region: The California Coast > Central California > Not the California Coast > Somewhere in California (Just not the Coast) > San Luis Obispo
Road Trip: SLO 2019

Artwork Logistics:


Vehicular Logistics: Painted from Roof Platform on Van
Weather Logistics: Painted in Full Sun with no Shade
Temperature: Uncomfortably Warm


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