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"Last Light on Laguna"

The challenge of seeing freshly every day and relating that spirit in my paintings.

Laguna is one of the most "painted" towns in the world. That fact poses a challenge to me as an artist. How do I paint Laguna in a way that speaks differently?

What I'm finding out is that I need to pay close attention to what I'm seeing on a daily basis. The same place on a different day IS different. No two days are alike. The light, the cloud cover, the smells and the people are all unique on a new day. Add to that fact that each artist is looking through the lens of his or her own mind and what you get are many paintings that may be alike in ways, but all different too.

I caught this view of Laguna one day and it took my breath away. The deep yellow light only lasted about 10 minutes so I took a picture of it, drank in the spirit of it and reproduced the moment in this painting I call, "Last Light on Laguna".

There is a gift in paying close attention to the world around me. The more I try to appreciate my surroundings, the more they speak to me. Its like there is a spirit BEHIND places and things that comes out as you lend your love and attention to them. This is the magical aspect of life that has lured me since childhood and I'm grateful that I can make my living by indulging in the sweetness of it.

I hope you enjoy my painting, "Last Light on Laguna".

 

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Suellen Zima December 05, 2012 at 04:38 AM
So very glad you have the talent to share your view of life, light, and Laguna Beach with us. Thank you.
Robin Wethe Altman December 06, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Thank you so much Suellen! I was very lucky to grow up in Laguna and I'll never tire of its charm.
Robin Wethe Altman December 07, 2012 at 07:02 PM
I just realized that someone added all these paintings of Laguna by different artists!! So interesting to see it through all of our eyes! Thank you Rick or whoever did that!

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