Matt Beard Art Plein Air Documentation
Artwork Title: SOMETIMES YOU DON’T
Size: 16” x12”
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Date Painted: 9-15-17
Base Price: $1 per sq. in.
Sometimes you’re a Spanish explorer looking for Monterey bay on an overland journey from San Diego over 200 years ago with 63 soldiers and over a hundred mules.
Sometimes you’re driving around in a large van painting the California Coast on your way to a music festival a few hours north of Monterey Bay.
Sometimes you miss Monterey bay due to fog and end up way off target above Santa Cruz.
Sometimes you end up on a several hour goose chase driving around on the unnamed farm roads above Santa Cruz hoping to paint the view of the vast Pacific from a field of artichokes despite a howling wind.
Sometimes your soldiers are sick and need some rest so you stop at a beach with a windsheltered bluff and a clean flowing creek.
Sometimes you give up on the artichokes in the howling wind end up at a beach with a windsheltered bluff and a clean flowing creek.
Sometimes everyone in the camp gets diarrhea.
Well… sometimes you don’t.
And sometimes after everyone recovers you continue on and become the first Europeans to discover San Francisco bay instead.
And sometimes you paint a little painting like this instead.
Distance from Humboldt: $15 per county
Overnight Travel Required: $75
Sleeping in Van Required: $50
Tricky Urban Van Camping Required: $25
ON THE GROUND LOGISTICS COSTS
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
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 $50
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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