"Ramshackle Cottage in Red" | 8" x 8" | Oil on canvas panel.
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©2013 by Kim VanDerHoek
One of my very favorite places to paint is at Crystal Cove State Beach. In the historic area there are cottages that were built in the 1930s and 1950s. Many of the cottages have fallen into disrepair, however the Crystal Cove Alliance is working on renovating the remaining 29 buildings. This little red cottage is waiting patiently for it's turn at rehabilitation.
One of the things I love about my job is documenting the landscape using an artists eye. William Wendt created the first known painting of Crystal Cove in 1912 and since his time the cottages were built, the land sold and then sold again and the buildings all fell into a terrible state of decay. In Wendt's time there were no cottages and his view is an unobstructed scene of the bluffs and sea.
My painting captures this moment in the cottage's history, when it's past it's prime and on the cusp of a new life. I'll have to return to paint it again once it's been renovated.