The Dining Room

A plein air oil painting of stonework overlooking Camel Rock at Houda Point on the Trinidad coast of Humboldt California



Artwork Notes:

It can be anything you want.
Stone stairs lead down to an empty room that couldn’t contain the view so they left the walls and roof off altogether.It can be a community kitchen where breakfast burritos are served to surfers exiting the water on a cold clear morning.It can be a music hall.It can be a shelter from the wind.It can hold a fire and 7 kids too young to drink but drinking anyway.It can be a house of prayer.It can be a place to remember.It can be a subway wall full of graffiti where the train stops here and here alone.It can be a hiding place from the law.It can be a gathering place.It can be a quiet place for conversation.It can be an amphitheater holding the entire world in captive attention.It can be all of those things and more on any given day, but today it was the Dining Room where a rough dozen artists were fed a breakfast of breathless morning beauty on a bluebird day, followed by a lunch worthy of kings served by one of the most generous people I’ve ever known.There’s never been an empty room that held more inside than this one.

-Matt Beard




Artwork Information:


Artwork Title: "The Dining Room"
Original Size: 16" x 12"
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Year Painted: 2019

Additional Artwork Information:


Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 08/30/2019
Region: The California Coast > Northern California > Humboldt

Artwork Logistics:


Biological Hazards: Food/Drink Delivered and Consumed While Painting
Anthropological Hazards: Other Painters


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