Painting Half Moon Bay

Pillar Point, 8x16, oil on board
Pillar Point, 8×16, oil on board

Has it really be a year since I have posted to this blog? Well…gulp…yes. I post most of my new paintings and other activities to Facebook these days, so this blog has been neglected, however, I just changed the blog to a new look, and I’ll resolve to post more here from now on!

Yesterday I took a trip to Half Moon Bay, California, to meet an old friend for lunch, and also spend the day painting. I got a late start, but after a little over an hour drive got to my painting location at Venice Beach (not the Los Angeles version, but the Half Moon Bay version) around 11:30 am. I only had about an hour to start a painting before my lunch engagement with Stephen, a friend I have known since college days.

I painted a view of Pillar Point across Half Moon Bay. This view is where Frenchman’s Creek empties into Half Moon Bay, on the Pacific Ocean. In the distance is Pillar Point where the Pillar Point Air Force Station is located. You can barely make out one of the radar domes on the bluff. The Pillar Point AFS is the northernmost instrumentation site of the Western Missile Range, which has multiple radar instruments for various tracking purposes.

The Mavericks surfing location is off the tip of the point where some of the biggest waves in the world are located and the site of the famous Mavericks surfing competition.

After lunch at MiraMar Beach Restaurant, I headed back to finish the painting. Since about the only way to get home through Silicon Valley would be in terrible traffic from about 4:00-7:00pm, I either had to leave at three or wait until 6:30. I finished the painting of Pillar Point around 3:30, so decided to stay until the sun went down around 6:40. So, I moseyed down the coast checking places to paint, napped a bit, and ended up close to the Ritz-Carlton hotel which sits on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. By then, there wasn’t enough time to do another painting, so watched the sun dip below the Pacific, then headed home…and there was still lots of traffic!

Here’s a few pictures from the day (Click on the thumbnails for larger pictures)…

4 thoughts on “Painting Half Moon Bay”

  1. Are you the one who did the paintings at the Alviso Wildlife center? Have lived in Alviso many years, until I tangled with the local bureaucracy. If you are the one, I greatly admire your application of colors and thick paint. Sure would like to meet you! My medium is oils also as I have moved into what I call my “3-D” oil paintings, on fiberglass or wood panels.

    1. Robert, yes, and Thanks! That was only a subset of the 60 paintings I did in “The Creeks and Rivers of Silicon Valley” year long quest. The entire collection was up at the Milpitas Library for 3 months last summer, and working on more venues in the area. Do you show your work anywhere?

      1. Thanks for your fast reply! Would like to buy your book. I am a self taught artist who is retired (not from art) and was thinking of supplanting my S.S. income by selling my art work, with a unique twist. combining sculpture or embossing with realist oil painting! Need inputs from other artist.

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