Well Oiled

Of course I could have just drove up and painted right here. It’s barely 50 feet from the parking spot. But first I had to spend an hour or two exploring the inland side of the road, scouring around the train tracks and straining unsuccessfully to find a passable goat trail up the steep eroded bluffs to gain a view looking down on this pier.

And again, I could always head out on these uncertain view-scouting missions without grabbing my 40 pound pack of gear, and just come back for it once I find a suitable view, but
instead I hauled that thing all over these dry dusty hills full of pricks and burrs in the heat of a Southern California summer, before conceding my defeat and just painting from the water’s edge instead.

Without these miscalculations and inefficiencies, what would I be? Some sort of well oiled machine?

Sounds boring. And I don’t rust in the hot tub
either.

-Entry on August 22, 2016


Artwork Information:


Artwork Title: "Well Oiled"
Original Size: 12" x 12"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2016

Additional Artwork Information:


Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 08/22/2016
Region: The California Coast > Southern California > Ventura
Road Trip: Santa Barbara/Ventura 2016

Artwork Logistics:


Geological Hazards: Awkward Footing on Uneven Terrain, Surging Waves/ Wet Boots, Stinking Tar Balls
Weather Logistics: Painted in Full Sun with no Shade
Temperature: Uncomfortably Warm


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