It as been three years since my last series of monthly paintings. These paintings attempt to capture the changing seasons and moods of one place. Idealy the choosen location needed be close to where I live. I have therefore choosen a unique place 18 minutes drive from my studio. It is called Shark's Fin Cove in the small ocean side village of Davenport on the California coast just North of Santa Cruz. The name of this place comes from the rugged chunk of cliff that has been eroded away from the main cliff and resembles a shark's fin. There is a secluded and difficult to reach beach there too to add to the attraction. There is a trail that follows the bluff above the beach. I can paint up on the bluff at a variety of locations, times of day and in different weather as the year progresses. As this area is prone to dangerous waves, painting up on the bluff will be the safest option for me.
30 days seems to come around really quickly when doing one of these "every 30 days" painting challenges! I was scheduled to be at a plein air painting workshop in Carmel at the end of August so had to quickly schedule a painting session on August 26 at 3pm to meet my commitment to myself and my painting. My painting buddy Skip Andreae was also out to paint with me as well as my little dog Petey.
It was super hot inland but the wonderful fog had just crept in on the coast so it was a pleasure to head down there to cool off and paint in the gorgeous evening light which filtered through the fog layer in a magical way. Huge flocks of seabirds were calling out together as they fed on schools of anchovy. In the air the scent of flowering sage was everywhere. I hadn't noticed it last month. I love that smell.
Beach visitors were plentiful - just like the seabirds - all of them swarming down the tricky steep path to the beach below in search of cool water and warm sand. I am painting at a different spot than last month. From this vantage spot I can see the opening in the rock grotto on the beach. Waves are rushing thru the opening as is the streaming light from the lowering sun. My painting features this aspect of the cove,dd as well as the fog and some beach goers doing yoga at the surf line. Petey, my dog, got very excited when a horse and rider came walking by our spot. it may have been the first time he had ever seen a horse. As always, it was a wonderful painting session and I will be back in September for month #3.
Above is painting #1 of this series done on July 31st at 2.30 pm. It was a beautiful day with a slight breeze and no fog. Both rare occurances on this area of the coast. Inland it was scorching hot in the 90sF. It was a relief to get out of the heat and next to the ocean. Lots of beach goers braved the steep trail that goes from the bluff down to the beach below. Only the able bodied should attempt the hike down to this beach!
I painted with my fellow artist and friend Skip Andreae. Towards the end of the painting session we met two other women artists. One from Southern California and the other from Washington State. My dog Petey was also along for the outing. He enjoys it and sits or sleeps on his mat near my easel as I paint. He has learned the routine by now and makes a most satisfactory painting companion. After a couple of hours of painting we went to the Whale City Cafe just up the road for a cup of tea. A great afternoon! See you next month.
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