The Deep South

Plein air painting from the border between California and Mexico looking toward San Diego skyline in southern California



Artwork Notes:

Written on March 23, 2020

Looking north from about as far south as you can go on the California coast. The showers that threatened and taunted all morning finally passed, the sun burned the darkened watery grays right off the earth, evaporating in a humid mist rising, an all-hands invite to the impending mosquito feast. Had to paint fast because we were all hungry- me for a sandwich, them for my blood. The showers would move through the city in the distance and even the warm concrete there would be dry again soon, cleaner than before, but still teaming with all the distractions ever designed to suck our blood on a sunny afternoon in paradise.

This was from a year ago… but it’s still true today. These dark times will pass… What comes next is anybody’s guess. I do hope there’ll be less mosquitoes out trying drain us dry though.

-Matt Beard




Artwork Information:


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

Additional Artwork Information:


Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 05/11/2019
Region: The California Coast > Southern California > San Diego
Road Trip: Maycember 2019

Artwork Logistics:


Miles Hiked: 4-6 Miles
Geological Hazards: Mud and Sludge
Biological Hazards: Mosquitoes
Anthropological Hazards: Sketchy Human Interactions
Weather Logistics: Painted in Full Sun with no Shade, Threatening to Rain
Temperature: Cooking Hot


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