Morro Bay Around Town

The Central Coast is a source of endless inspiration. From the rural farmland to the harbor, unspoiled coastlines north on Highway One, and hiking trails in Montana de Oro park, there are pictures to paint. I usually take photo expeditions and paint at "our" house in Morro Bay. Both aspects force me to really look at the surroundings, and the compositions bring me more in touch with the beauty.

Hollister Peak is one of “The Nine Sisters” (as is Morro Rock) of volcanic plugs, and I've returned to it as a subject. It's just over four miles from the Morro Bay and can be seen from beach. I've gotten close to it in some compositions and also spied a fantastic view of it near sunset during a short hike on Black Mountain, just outside of town.

 

Farmyard Chicken ~ Greg Spiegal & Cindy Copeland 2015 • 11 x 14
Fence on a May Gray Day ~ 2015 • 24 x 8
Kite Festival in Morro Bay ~ Anne Edwards, La Verne, CA 2015 • 18 x 14
San Simeon ~ Hillary Allen, Santa Barbara, CA 2015 • 30 x 24
Cows near Hollister Peak ~ Erica Pitkin, Fort Leavenworth, KS 2015 • 18 x 14
Coming into MB Harbor ~ 2012 • 14 x 11
Kite Festival (detail)
Morro Bay Power Plant ~ Neil Cohn, Boston, MA 2007 • 24 x 30
Hollister Peak #3 ~ 2015 • 8 x 10
Hollister Peak #4 ~ Ray & Sally Lemberg, Prescott, AZ 2015 • 8 x 10
Lindsey on the Path ~ Stacie McEntyre, Durham, NC 2010 • 8 x 10
Hollister Peak at Sunset ~ Ovidio Bermudez, Denver, CO 2011 • 48 x 36
San Jacinto Park #2 ~ Michael Berrett, Lindon, UT 2014 • 20 x 16
Back Roads Central Coast ~ Johanna McShane, Lafayette, CA 2012 • 24 x 18
Dinghy at the Dock ~ Cate Baker-Pitts, New York, NY 2009 • 30 x 24

Studies:

Hollister Peak & Clouds (study) ~ 2015 • 10 x 8
Coming into Morro Bay (study) ~ 2005 • 14 x 11
At the harbor ~ 2009 • 10 x 8 (study)