Clouds Over Monterey was created based on a water color I had done years ago one very early morning. I had had a difficult time sleeping (unusual for me). So I decided to get up early and head north along the coast until I found the perfect vantage point for watching the sun rise. Loaded up with my favorite cup of English breakfast tea, my camera, watercolors, and journal, and of course, a delicious cinnamon roll from a local bakery (Kelly's), off I went. It was barely dawn when I arrived, set up my chair, and laid out my art materials. I sat back sipping my tea, savoring the sweetness of cinnamon, and watched the sun as she rose and danced through the sky, dressing the clouds and the sea with her palette of colors.
The initial hush, broken by the waves, and the birds greeting her so joyously, brought me to tears. I felt so grateful to be alive and in this place.
One of the benefits about living along the Central Coast of California, is getting to look out over the Monterey Bay every day. There is always something to see. If it isn't whales breaching, or dolphins leaping, it's the sooty shearwaters as they swoop in wild formations over the bay, or pelicans diving. We always see the fog off in the distance during the day and anticipate its return in the evening to cool off those warm summer days. But of all the beauty you see in this setting, nothing beats a sunrise (in my opinion). Watching the sun come up and dress the clouds in beautiful hues of rose, coral, lavendar, pink, cerulean, pistachio, magenta, violet, cobalt, honeysuckle — well, it is absolutely breathtaking.