Sunday, August 26, 2007

IF : Visitors


How appropriate the word is for me this week. My eighteen year old niece from New Hampshire came to visit us. It was her first time flying and being so far away from home. My husband and I took her to all the beautiful places in our area making sure she had the full 'peninsula experience.' It turns out her favorite place is also my favorite; Point Lobos State Reserve. There are walking trails along sheer cliffs surrounded by the restless sea. You can't help clicking shot after shot so you can take it all home with you to savor the experience again.

I did this little painting today of China Cove, one of the prettiest spots in Point Lobos that brings many visitors each year. It's truly a magical place.

If you ever come to the Monterey Peninsula, be sure to go there. And hey, look me up...I'll come with you!!
P.S. After having missed last week, I'm glad to be back!


acrylic on canvas, 6"x6"

24 comments:

  1. This is lovely, so relaxing and such wonderful colors.

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  2. Love this! One of my favorites.

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  3. Indeed looks like an enchanted spot. Is that a little cave? Do fairies live there?

    You had to go and mention Jello molds, didn't you!!? hehheheee I just happened to be working on a piece that included one. I've now posted it and dedicated it to you.

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  4. Hi Laurel! This painting is beautiful! I love the colors!

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  5. what a nice way to spend a vacation.. good for her. and the illo is so peaceful and lovely..

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  6. sounds like another great place along the coast. if i get to ca again ill have to ck it out. lov the colors in this. michael dailey

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  7. I love the colors in this piece. How wonderful to hear about your niece visiting for her first time. I'm sure you're sharing such a beautiful place will touch her forever. I just had an Uncle (who is only 4 years older than me) stay with me for his first trip out West. He said the PNW was a spiritual experience for him. How sweet for us to have the opportunity to share our gorgeous west coast with our families.

    I'll plan on a trip to this little spot....thanks ;)

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  8. I really like this piece. There is something about the brushwork and colors that makes it so alluring. Great job!

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  9. Hey...I know that place! I also have a beautiful painting (even nicer than this one) that was a gift from my sister on my 50th birthday. I'll take a picture of it and send it so it can be posted on her blog. I am fortunate to have been a visitor to this lovely spot many times. Thank you, Laurel. (What? No lone cypress?)

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  10. Welcome back, laurel, and a lovely painting ... (sigh!) I miss visiting your area. It is, without doubt, one of the jewels of California! :)

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  11. Oh this just looks and sounds so wonderful, and maybe one of these day I'll see it.
    I like the the easy, flowing shapes and fresh colors in this piece, they take me away. Beautiful Laurel!

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  12. Wow, Point Lobos is one of my favorite spots to vist as well.. actually, all of Monterey is great! I love China Cove... as well as Seal Rock and Bird Rock (not sure if those are the official names). This is wonderful work!

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  13. I love your style, it shows alot about the place, and it's atmosphere (i've never been there, but i imagine it's a beautiful and soothing place)
    Great painting :)

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  14. Love this painting! The colors brush strokes are so beautiful and peaceful- like the place. I have to take time to see this and places like it- so magical.

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  15. Such a cool, calming atmosphere you obtained here, Laurel. And as Perriette says, "enchanting" indeed!

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  16. This is beautiful Laurel. The sea never seems to be anything but beautiful and you captured that.

    Thanks very, very much for your very kind comment the other day. Encouragement is a grand thing.

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  17. So beautiful! The colours are so soft and the texture adds to the balmy warmth of your painting. I love the update to your blog too.

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  18. Very beautiful and peaceful, Laurel! You live in one of my favorite places:> This piece and your banner make me want to hop on a plane and head out to northern CA!

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  19. Lovely! I'd love to see that place in person! Thanks for the advice on the ATCs!

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  20. Your painting is very peaceful and sounds like a good place for meditation.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and how wonderful it would be to see the monarchs migrate to your corner of the world.
    I would love to see it someday.

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  21. Excelente ilustración...Los colores geniales!!!

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