Cambria Dragon

Acrylic on canvas, 24″x48″

This painting is born from our RV trip last November. It’s our 3rd RV trip, the laziest one. We only went down Central coast in California, at most 4 hours drive from home. We visited Hearst Castle on the way South. I went there years ago and remember being quite unimpressed, but this time we all liked the tour: we chose Upstairs Suites tour, it had small number of people and felt very personal.

First half of the trip we stayed in RV camp near Avila beach. Kids boogie-boarded in the surf ignoring how cold the water was. We took one day trip to Morro Bay and had a blast visiting local nature museum, walking along the beach front and catching a glimpse of ocean otter with a baby floating near parked boats. We jumped from the sand dunes, wet our feet in the surf, spied on seagulls, and watched magnificent sunset.

The second half of our trip brought us to Cambria where our friends organized a family camp. One of our two evenings there we went on a hike along the beach.

Central coast made a huge impression on me, much more than similar vistas near San Francisco, maybe because it felt more wild. I made my husband stop at almost every parking along the road just to see another jagged turn of the coastline. It is wind, space, endless water and sky. For some reason it conjured visions of someone huge, like dragons flying somewhere beyond clouds and distant mountains.

This painting was the first one I plowed through when the quarantine started and it took me a long time to finish (here is my older post about it), but now I have done two more (only) and hopefully finding some rhythm of painting.

So, can you find a dragon?


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