Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A New Sunflower and Hiking the Point Lobos Cliffs of the California Central Coast

Stepping Out Sunflower
by Nancy Medina


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Stepping Out was a small study for this large commission
under construction in the studio today! Here's a peek at
my intricate, painstakingly detailed drawing before I paint.
(kidding....) I do a VERY rough sketch before I start!

While I was hard at work in an art workshop in Carmel, California, last week, my husband was out and about the area exploring. At the end of a long day of painting, he convinced me to join him for a hike up the cliffs of Point Lobos. I was exhausted and hungry, had a terrible headache, and complained that this wasn't a great idea - I am afraid of heights, after all! After bribing me with a tri-tip sandwich and a nice warm windbreaker, I was ready to go! I am sharing the hike with you here, in the images below.

There were many paths up the cliffs,
the first one we chose was my favorite.

Click on all the images to make them larger!

Point Lobos' state park is located in Monterey County, along the central coast of California, and is worth a trip to California all on its own. I have left all of these images large, so feel free to click on each one to see more. Imagine the wind, the sound of the seagulls, and the cries of the sea lions wafting up from below as you walk. You will want to put on a jacket, and a few sweaters beneath! Called the crown jewel of the state park system, Point Lobos dates back 2500 years when the Rumsien Indians lived there. You can learn more about Point Lobos on the Web site for the park.

This grade is gentle, so the climb up is pretty easy so far.

Look at these beautiful rock formations! The waves
are crashing so loudly it's all we can hear.

Can you imagine such a remote place
could be filled with such color?

I think this would make a beautiful painting, don't you?

I love how these spikey, creepy trees frame
the view, don't you?

Even though it is cold, I hardly notice,
the views are so dramatic!

Best of all - Wildflowers, even in the coldest places!


AutumnLeaves said...

Gorgeous sunflowers, but then you always paint gorgeous flowers of any variety. The views are indeed breathtaking, Nancy! The photos would make extraordinary paintings indeed!

Trudy R. Gomez said...

Nancy, I had to thank you today for sharing both your painting technique and beautiful photos. I visited Point Lobos Cliffs 3 yrs ago - it is as breath taking as your wonderful photos relay.

Nancy Medina said...

Sherry it was so windy and cold, really nice compared with the heat in Texas this week!

Thank you Trudy! This was my first visit to the Point Lobos Preserve and I was really amazed at how beautiful it is.

Wendy L. Trommer said...

hose rock formations would make a lovely landscape painting. In fact I agree with AutumnLeaves, most of those shots would provide a great foundation for one.

Ruth Welter said...

Another sunflower beauty Nancy. I also love the cliff photos, so pretty and inspiring.

I hope you and the puggies have a very happy 4th of July.


Becky said...

What a gorgeous place to visit! Thanks for the view through your camera. You know what I think of the sunflower, beautiful! Happy 4th to you, Carlos and the puggies!

Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

I can't wait to see those photos on your "canvas" gorgeous...perfect for your style!!!