Crystal Cove Morning
Oil on linen, 14"x18"
Private Collection

The View Opposite the Beach

This was my first visit to Crystal Cove State Park in Newport Beach, California. While the beach behind me was beautiful, I was drawn to the cottages that huddled next to each other on the hillside. I also loved the way the palm trees toward over them like a collection of flags. I arrived early enough that the entire scene was deserted, although it didn't remain that way for long. This painting is featured in the September 2018 issue of Southwest Art magazine as part of a cover story on my journey as a plein air painter.


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