The Top of the Canyon


Artwork Notes:

This is from way up the canyon, to the top of the ridge from where it starts. If I painted the scene behind my back you’d be looking at the 5 freeway or the toll road or something near Irvine and a bunch of strip malls and houses. But hiking up here from the trailhead a few miles down at the coast you don’t see or hear any of that. It’s just rabbits and snakes and birds and the very occasional group of brightly colored cussing angry spandex clad men in a hurry on their wheelie toys. Aside from them, it’s a full sanctuary back there.

-Matt Beard




Artwork Information:


Artwork Title: "The Top of the Canyon"
Original Size: 16" x 20"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2001

Additional Artwork Information:


Method: Plein Air
Region: The California Coast > Southern California > Orange County

Artwork Logistics:


Miles Hiked: 6-10 Miles
Anthropological Hazards: Gnarly Mountain Bikers
Weather Logistics: Painted in Full Sun with no Shade
Temperature: Uncomfortably Warm


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