At The Montage

AT THE MONTAGE

At the Montage  9″ X 12″

It has been over two weeks since I painted spontaneously from the easel.  Since my vacation to Laguna Beach, I have been busy in the studio catching up on some commission work. So when my student came in this morning after a trip to Colorado, it was a perfect time to get us both back in the swing of paint to canvas or in this case paint to vellum paper.

A quick intuitive study on paper is one of my favorite ways to loosen up after a long absence from regular painting. I call them my early morning studies, a truly spontaneous recollection of a moment in time.  This is where I catch a feeling of a memory, and put it to paper.

One of the things I love about Laguna Beach is the free trolley that runs the coast and all the way up to the Pageant of the Masters and Art Festivals.  My husband and I and our good friends had a day to explore before the Pageant so hopping on the Trolley was the way to go.  We took the line almost to the end and jumped off at the Montage Resort.  The Montage is a spectacular spot of coast line with amazing views, tucked away south-facing beaches, perfect for snorkeling; and it has immaculate grounds with specimen flora that beg to be touched and smelled. It also has well-groomed walking paths along the coast, and a beautiful veranda to sip a cold drink after your walk.

So it is no wonder that I painted a spot along the walking path that lead down to the beach, that was full of Bougainville and beautiful vistas.  I remembered thinking that the next trip I will be sure to bring my easel and do some plein-aire painting; but for now I must be content with my memories.

As I see it, Pam

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