Windows on the Bay

Where, in the final installment of a one-day plein air marathon, the artist seeks to redeem himself, clearing his mind of a shadowy, evil cypress tree, and opening a “window” on the bay…

Windows on the Bay with Easel and Tree

Windows on the Bay with Easel and Tree

In the early days of old Monterey, this stretch of land adjacent to Del Monte beach, was filled with shacks and later with equally ugly businesses. Right on the beach! Little by little, however, the City has reclaimed this land and, as each business eventually closed as businesses do, turned this land into a park and called it Windows on the Bay. An apt name for sure, for the views are between the frames of eucalyptus and cypress. Here and there along the continuing recreation trail, which had once been the railroad bed, there are entries to the beach. It was to one of these that I sought refuge from the dark cypress that had seduced me only hours before. I pulled up on my bike and collapsed under a tree and ate a sandwich and considered napping. Instead, I set up and began to paint.

Windows on the Bay with Sail Boat

Windows on the Bay with Sail Boat

Delirious by now with exhaustion and too much sun, I tried to paint fast and keep in the shade. I know that this may seem hard to believe, when you see the final painting, but there really was a sail boat, and it really did line itself up exactly in the middle of the path to the beach. In the photo above, you can see the recreation trail. Imagine instead of a bike trail, railroad ties and rails. As much as we miss the train, I’d hate to see it come back and claim this scene.

This was a long day of plein air with hours of wind, sun, and worse, tourists asking dumb questions. BUT, one of the Lewis Laws of Painting states “Don’t be rude to the tourists.” That’s the PG version of the law. In any case, I did avoid being “rude” despite my fatigue which brings out the worst in me, and I painted this little 14″x11″…

“Path to the Bay with Eucalyptus”

“Path to the Bay with Eucalyptus”

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