For over ten years, I have enjoyed 4 straight days of painting on the Big Sur Coast in the company of 8 other artists – we share meals, art books, and favorite sites. During these four days, I paint like a fiend as there are no other responsibilities. Staying overnight a short distance from the plunging cliffs and turquoise waters means I can rise early or stay out late to catch the early morning or afternoon light at these times. We inspire each other to try new scenes, and keep painting. Often the fog can be a cold deterrent to paint for the entire day, but with enough jackets and the smiles of friends, endurance is not an issue.
I offer here a picture story of one of my afternoons. I arrived at the general site where I hoped to find a view I could enjoy painting this day. What a view along the coast. So many great subject sites.
I had to choose one, and after some walking about, I found this view from a vantage above a headland.
I began by blocking out my painting onto a panel I had stained dark blue. I focused on the impressive rock formation amidst the active blue waters.
Hours later, the painting is almost completed.
My friend and fellow artist Jean took my phone and captured this photo of me. I’m feeling fine!
I found my happy place. Have a good day.