One of my favorite places on earth is Point Lobos, California. It was where I covered my first workshop for the magazine four years ago and where I painted for the first time. I remember standing there awe-struck, attempting to paint what I saw, for probably seven hours straight without even noticing that time was passing or that I hadn’t eaten or drunk anything all day. As the sun was setting, they had to drag me away from my easel.
|Photo: Tom O'Neal Photography, Carmel Valley, California (www.tgophoto.com)
Point Lobos--with its majestic panoramic vistas, pure light, and native cypress trees and rocky outcroppings spilling into the sea--seems to have that effect on painters . I had heard before I went on the trip that Point Lobos has been deemed “the most beautiful meeting of land and sea in the world,” and after spending the day there I could easily see why.
All artists have at least one magical place where, no matter what is going on in their day or their life, they can go and just concentrate on the beauty of nature and be rejuvenated by their surroundings. I’d be interested to hear where your secret corner of the great outdoors is and what it is about that place that keeps drawing you back as a plein air painter. Thank you for sharing!