Salt Creek Beach in the Form of a Painting
As we all know, Southern California is dense with enchanting beaches. Usually the ones we end up spending the most time on are the ones with the best parking, public restrooms, and low-crowds.
When I lived in Newport, I was on a mission to find the perfect beach that I could relax on for hours on end. From Corona del Mar to San Clemente, I fell in love with just about every new spot I explored. However, I kept coming back to Salt Creek.
Salt Creek is a little beach tucked in front of the Ritz-Carlton in Dana Point. It has a giant (for Orange County) field of grass just above it, which is prime seating for watching some of the best surfers in our area. It also has a walkway along it, showcasing some of the most beautiful homes I’ve seen in my life. I loved coming back to Salt Creek, because I could lay a blanket out on the grass, sketch, read, sip a Diet Coke, and relax. This isn’t a private, secret beach by any means, it’s actually quite popular. It was just love at first sight!
Now living in Salt Lake City, I can’t visit Salt Creek twice a week like I used to. So, I wanted to paint a piece that resembled the feeling that encompassed me when I visit Salt Creek. The ocean air reminds you that everything in life is okay and it’s fine to take a break every now and then. I hope this painting can have the same effect in someone’s home. When looking at it, I’m reminded to slow down and appreciate what’s around me.