Off the Side of Route 1

Looking forward to plein air season, I wanted to work on a single session 11×14 painting to start getting used to working quickly and not worrying too much. This one took about two hours based on our drive up and down route 1 a couple years ago. We were coming back from Monterey when I saw this. The road was narrow all the way, so pull-offs like this were common, though in this case it was private.

While there I was reading Kerouac’s Big Sur in which he talked about the remains of old Hudson’s crashed on the beach. Certainly made us drive carefully.

On a related note, I recently found the wikipaintings app, which is an incredible library of paintings to study, and you can zoom in very close on them as well to get a good sense of technique. I’d highly recommend it. It’s a nice learning tool to have. I was studying some Hopper closely this evening. I think that came out a little here.

Thanks for reading.

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3 thoughts on “Off the Side of Route 1

  1. laber1 January 22, 2014 / 6:33 am

    This is awesome! Colors, composition,technique , “your style”!

  2. lesliepaints February 18, 2014 / 8:23 pm

    Nice granulated wash for the sky and the textures and shadows in the foreground really add nice contrast.

    • coreyaber February 18, 2014 / 10:46 pm

      Thank you. There were a lot of hazy blue skies along the coast. W&N cerulean blue is perfect for that. I like the self portrait you just put up on your blog. I might try the same exercise soon. Thanks for trying it yourself!

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