Recently, I’ve found a new muse in San Gregorio State Beach
(CA). It’s a wonderful, unique stretch of beach on the northern coast
of California. It’s a site full of whimsy: high art castles and lowly
shacks, all made of driftwood from the sea. A great past time there is
to build all kinds of structures from the gnarled, twisted wood spread
across the beach. Kids just have a wonderful time building things and
exploring “the neighborhood” of structures and arrangements around them.
I haven’t painted a full edifice yet, but starting my study of the
place with by painting studies of little stretches of beach in different
weather, full sun and foggy days, to get to know the place.
Beach Shack by Ian Crocket
I painted the study below Sunday. For me, it was a day of escape. I
didn’t sleep much the night before due to a nagging sinus headache that
would continue a couple days, including this day. I knew that once I
started painting and entered “the zone“–or in physchology, “flow“, which is “the mental state of
operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in
a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the
process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete
absorption in what one does” (source: Wikipedia).
Someone asked me how long I’d been working, and I truly had the no
idea. At first I thought, I don’t know, 10 years (thinking she meant
total time painting), and then realized she must have meant the study,
so I said an hour. I’m sure it was much longer. The headache did cease
while painting! Amazing things can happen when one finds something so
absorbing to do. I’m very lucky to have that.
So while I work on concepts for something larger in the studio, here
are a couple recent studies to enjoy. The last (below) will be featured
in an article I wrote for the June edition of PleinAir Magazine. I’m very excited about that!
As always, I’d love to know what you think, so please enter a comment on my blog. Cheers, – Ed
San Gregorio State Beach CA (Sunny Day), Oil on Linen, 10×8
San Gregorio State Park, CA (overcast day), Oil on Linen, 10×8