Month: September 2022

Carmel’s Scenic Drive

Carmel Scenic Drive winds around the beach and bluffs in Carmel, CA with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, Carmel Beach, Pebble Beach Golf Course, Point Lobos, and other sights.  It’s actually a pretty busy place with locals and non residents alike walking and jogging along the adjoining pathway.  Dogs are ever-present since Carmel Beach has been designated a ‘dogs off leash friendly’ beach.  Along the drive prominently stands the Clinton Walker House designed by Frank Loyd Wright.  I have painted here a number of times over the years, especially while participating in the Carmel Art Festival.  

The Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters had a paint out along the drive today, and I joined in.  It was a nice sunny day, and at least a dozen showed up painting the beach, Monterey Cypress, and other sights.  Every turn in the drive is a different perspective and potential painting, and right by my car was as good a view as any.

I worked on it for a little over 90 minutes, taking a little artistic license to add more early morning shadows on the beach. I also didn’t finish the foreground, but added a few color notes for later. I might add the Clinton Walker House on the point, but didn’t really have time to paint it at the time.

I think it may be a keeper after I finish it in the studio.


I was honored last night with First Place in the Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Member show, “Coastal Passions” at the Pacific Grove Art Center, Pacific Grove, CA. The show was quite strong, with a lot of great paintings, and it was the first time I have shown with this group. I painted the piece during the California Art Club paint out last January. You can read about it here, plus a video with some great drone shots of the California Coastline.

The show runs until October 27. Please stop by!

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