The Long View

Plein air artwork looking toward the Long Marine Lab on the Santa Cruz coast of Central California

Artwork Notes:

Sometimes a painting or a place stirs up more of a poem instead of any sort of story. Not sure what I was thinking here, but when I pulled up my notes on this one, this poem is all I had written down. Make of it what you will…

Bones of old ships
Left basking in the sun
The mast of an ancient whale
That swallowed the sailor’s son
Observed, measured, recorded
Love notes in the margin
In their book of numbers
Written but never done

It’s the allure of the sea
It’s the stairway to heaven
It’s the ticket that was rendered
For breaking the number seven

On that distant ship
Out near the horizon
They observe the charts
and adhere to strict notations
Students of the sea and sky
And of the publication
Of their book of numbers
Printed but still in revision

It’s all here and plain to see
When you separate the many from the few
They shout a holy countdown
But the answer is found in the long view

-Matt Beard




Artwork Information:


Artwork Title: "The Long View"
Original Size: 20" x 16"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2018

Additional Artwork Information:


Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 09/20/2018
Region: The California Coast > Central California > Santa Cruz
Road Trip: A Bit Farther Out (Mostly) 2018

Artwork Logistics:


Geological Hazards: Steep or Unstable Cliffs
Anthropological Hazards: Roaming Scientists, Crowds with Lots of Questions
Weather Logistics: Painted in Full Sun with no Shade


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