Recently I painted on Coronado Beach with members of the California Art Club. It had rained the night before, and the tide was astronomically high that morning, spilling onto parts of the wide beach that are normally dry. But the air was clearing when I walked across the sand that morning, and there were some amazing cloud formations
Axel and I lived on Coronado for several years. It’s a beautiful, unique place, with a town that feels like something out of the 1950s, and a beach that is consistently ranked as one of the top ten in the country – smooth, fine sand that is easy to walk on, with relatively sheltered waters, overlooked by stately beach houses and the iconic Hotel Del Coronado. But I know how rare those dramatic clouds are: most of the time Coronado, being a barrier beach between San Diego Bay and the chilly Pacific, is either brilliantly sunlit or covered by marine layer, that stubborn overcast that hovers over the coastline. So I knew I had to quickly get to work painting those clouds before they melted away.