Lobos Crash!!

My last weblog, “Stupendous!!” was about painting at Pt Lobos State Natural Reserve in January with the Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters.  It was a great day and the painting turned out pretty well.  Recent storms had been battering the California Coast for much of January, and I have never experienced surf that high while at the preserve.  Waves were pounding and crashing the rocky coast, sometimes splashing, as a guess, over 30 feet high.  You could feel the thundering surf on your chest!! 

It’s been awhile since I have completed a studio painting, so did a painting of one of the crashing waves from that day.    The scene is from near the China Cove parking lot looking back towards Hidden Beach.   The lower cliffs behind the wave are 10-15 feet high, so I am guessing this splash was at least 30 feet high!

I might touch it up a bit more, but doesn’t need much!

Lobos Crash!!, 18×24, oil on canvas