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Matt Beard Art  Plein Air Documentation                                              

Artwork Title: In a Different Light     

Size: 16” x 12”

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas  

Date Painted: 7-26-17


Base Price: $1 per sq. in.

Field Notes:

5th day on the road, 14th painting completed

Occasionally when I mention to folks that I travel up and down painting the California coast, folks will suggest that I paint all the lighthouses. I usually think that’s because someone once gave them a calendar with a different lighthouse on each month. I have nothing against lighthouses, in fact, I truly appreciate a bit of the symbolism that I think people like to put on them- guiding lights, light in the darkness, etc…  but personally I’m more a fan of the rocky gnarl that usually surrounds them. I guess I just see the coast in a different light.



Distance from Humboldt: $15 per county


Overnight Travel Required: $75

Sleeping in Van Required: $50

Tricky Urban Van Camping Required: $25


Paid Parking: Cost of Parking

Illegal or Questionable Parking Required: $50

Parking Ticket Incurred: Cost of Ticket

Private Land: $50

Posted No Trespassing: $100

Harassed by Authorities and/or Told to Leave: $150

Citation Incurred:  Cost of Citation

Fence/Gate Hopping: $50

Barbed Wire: $50

Blood: $50


Hauling Gear on Foot: $25 per mile

Off Trail Wilderness Tromping Required: $15

Climbing or Vertical Scrambling Requiring Use of Hands: $25

Full On Bushwhacking: $75

Poison Oak Observed: $15

Ticks Observed on Skin or Clothing: $25 each

Tick Bites: $150 each

Bee/Wasp/Insect Stings: $25

Wind Speed: $10 per mile per hour over 10mph

Lack of Shade: $50

Heat/Cold: $5 per degree over 70/ under 50

Excessive Public Conversations/Distractions: ranges from $25-$150



Able to Paint View from Back of Van: Subtract $100

Private Land With Permission (Your Land):  Subtract $250

Cold Beer and/or Snacks Delivered During or After Paint Session: Subtract $50

Fun Surf at Location Before or After Painting: Subtract $50

Room and Board for 1 week during a paint tour of your area: Subtract Everything!




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