The Unveiling

Plein air artwork from the Sonoma coast of Northern California

Artwork Notes:

Painted on location while giving a somewhat distracted interview with a Bay area newspaper editor…

Donuts cooking on the dashboard
As I jumped out to meet the press
We discussed life and art and history
A dozen different ways to make a royal mess

We dodged the ticks and poison oak
And spoke as loud as we liked
Out of view from road and rangers
The park was closed, but in we hiked

I painted quick while he took notes
Scribbled on a yellow pad
Answers rolled in like a set of waves
The reef made of questions I never knew I had

We spoke of Griffin and his mastery
Long after we both met our maker
Griffin jumped in right away
But me, I’ll follow later 

-Matt Beard




Artwork Information:


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

Additional Artwork Information:


Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 06/25/2018
Region: The California Coast > Northern California > Sonoma
Road Trip: Heat Wave Tour - July 2018

Artwork Logistics:


Miles Hiked: 2-4 Miles
Hiking Terrain: Off Trail Wilderness Tromping
Geological Hazards: Awkward Footing on Uneven Terrain
Botanical Hazards: Lots of Poison Oak!
Biological Hazards: High Grass- Tick Country!


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