Monet Moment

Two weeks ago I boldly asked a friend vie Facebook if I could paint on her family ranch located north of Santa Barbara. She immediately agreed. Never mind that she is currently living in Europe (wish I was there!). I hadn't spoken to her in years. And, that the ranch is busy and doesn't need me snooping around. How generous she is, and how extremely kind and welcoming the folks at the ranch are. Thanks to all!

I picked a blustery day to paint the gorgeous coastline from the bluffs. As I climbed out of my car, the door immediately shut on me and pinned me against my car. It was freakin' windy!

Undaunted, I bundled up in multiple layers of clothing and set up my painting gear with several large rocks anchoring down everything. My 12 x 24 inch canvas board was literally flapping in the wind.

Still undaunted, I thought of an antidote I read about Monet painting on the beach. He was so completely focused on his work, he didn't notice the rising tide, nor the wave that toppled him and swept his gear out to sea. I don't know if that story is true, but I like to think of Monet out there on the French coast battling all kinds of weather and conditions to paint outdoors. So I stayed inspired and nearly completed this painting on site. After three hours I had to give up, declare the wind the victor, and head home to finish the painting indoors. With a cup of tea.

I don't claim to have much in common with Monet, other than having great artist friends to paint with as he did. I look forward to more adventures out there with my painting buddies.

Flight Perch, 12 x 24