The End of Love

A plein air landscape painting of Lover's Point near Pacific Grove on the Monterey County coast of California

Artwork Notes:

We knew things were about to get interesting, news of the pandemic was just ramping up in February. And here I was in Tourist Central, painting one of Monterey’s iconic focal points. We were not social distancing. We were in each other’s faces, breathing each other’s breath, like lovers but still strangers from all different parts of the world. The sun was setting and things were about to change. The Distance was about to come to us all – that new cold distance where fear would become an illegitimate surrogate for love.

But I wasn’t thinking about any of that yet, I was headed for Big Sur the day after I painted this, and I was stoked.

-Matt Beard




Artwork Information:


Artwork Title: "The End of Love"
Original Size: 20" x 16"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2020

Additional Artwork Information:


Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 02/16/2020
Region: The California Coast > Central California > Monterey
Road Trip: Big Sur 2020

Artwork Logistics:


Travel Logistics: Had to Sleep in My Van
Miles Hiked: Less than 1 Mile
Hiking Terrain: Pounding Pavement
Access Logitics: Fence or Gate Hopping Required
Biological Hazards: Painted in Public During a Global Pandemic
Anthropological Hazards: People Drinking, Language Barrier, Crowds with Lots of Questions


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