|My Blog, "Life Plein Air"
San Luis Obispo Museum of Art Show: The Buchon Trail
September 30, 2017
“For a few weeks in August, 1976, Hollywood magic flipped the coasts
of the United States and transformed the coast south of Mońtana de Oro
State Park into Passamaquoddy, Maine. A lighthouse was built near Point
Buchon as part of Pete’s Dragon, the most expensive Walt Disney production to date.” So reported local papers
as Disney built a lighthouse on the Buchon Trail, the subject of a new
show at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art October 5-8. I’m honored to
be one of several invited artists invited to capture this landscape “en
plein air” for a show of paintings fresh off the easel. The gallery
above shows some of the paintings I plan to hang.
This incredible coastal area was only opened to the public a few
years ago, and as far as I know, this is the first show dedicated to the
unspoiled beauty of this land. Being there last week, driven with my
painting equipment in a 4-wheel drive on seldom used private dirt roads,
I had a chance to see how the earliest Native Americans and their
Spanish invaders witnessed an unspoiled California coast.
If you’re an artist or collector, chances are you’ve seen countless
paintings of Laguna Beach, Point Lobos or Morro Bay–but you’re unlikely
to have seen this incredible landscape chosen by Disney studios to
amaze movie goers.
And it is an amazing landscape. Of particular interest (which I’m
not posting here–come to the show and see it!) are the large rock stacks
just off shore that are considered the “Stonehenge of the Pacific.” They
really are incredible, and I had a great time painting them to prepare
for the show with fellow artists. Several of us painted these icons,
and they’re each unique. Come see what each artist saw.
So, join us, by either viewing the show at the museum, and/or
watching the artists (including me) paint the area live. As a bonus,
the proceeds from the show will help fund this local icon of Central
Coast arts, the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. Click here for more detail, if you come, say hello!