1939 Pontiac Woody:  On San Onofre State Beach (Trestles)  by Rob Beilby

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This painting is dedicated to our brave United States Marines, based right here in Camp Pendleton Ca, near San Clemente. Welcome home from Iraq guys. It is time for some R&R at San Onofre State Park and Beach. Trestles beach is the legendary surfing spot at the edge of the camp. It is time for Surfing, BBQ, and beer, a beachfrire, fireworks and “shmores” just what Southern California is famous for…

Note: This was actually painted for 4th of July 2011, but since our marines were closing out Iraq, I have changed the dedication to recognise the brilliant job they did there… and the celebrations in their honor continue!

I painted this on 140lb Aquarelle rag paper, using Grumbacher W/C paints and Russian Sable brushes. I used a wet on wet saturation technique a sprinkling of sea salt for the fireworks effect and drybrush where needed…

I am at heart a sailor, a sailor who loves to paint the sea, its moods and shifting colors. Also, there is a keen interest in the history of ships and the sailors that have travelled far distances or perished in a dramatic moment of action, in a sea in turmoil. This influence is evident in dramatic watercolors such as “The Gypsy
Moth IV” fully caught in the teeth of a gale off Cape Horn or “Red Flag Day” at the San Clemente Pier.

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  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 3 years ago

    How fun is this! Great color and composition! I like the sea salt idea! It really works with this beach scene theme!

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinover 3 years ago

    what a fantastic painting!!! memories, memories….

  • Patty Boyte
    Patty Boyteover 3 years ago

    Wonderful job!

  • Thank you Patty, I really appreciate this and “Going Coastal”…..RB

    – Rob Beilby

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 3 years ago

    OCTOBER 6th 2011

    Your participation with works/votes it is greatly appreciated

  • Mary… Thank you, thank you, Thank you….. Rob

    – Rob Beilby

  • Diane Hall
    Diane Hallover 3 years ago

    A beautiful painting, and well deserved dedication. The fireworks are especially lovely.

  • Well thank you Diane, I appreciate that and your very nice comments… Rob

    – Rob Beilby

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  • Thank you DeeZ I really appreciate this…. Rob

    – Rob Beilby

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrenton10 months ago

    March 27,2014

  • Well thank you Ann for this terrific feature, I appreciate this

    – Rob Beilby

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