Last Light on Laguna


Laguna Beach, California must be 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 light only lasted about 10 minutes so I took a picture, drank in the spirit of it and reproduced it 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. It’s like there is a spirit BEHIND places and things that comes out as you lend your love 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.

Robin Wethe Altman
Robin grew up in Laguna Beach. Her uncommonly vivid watercolors have evolved over her 35-year art career. She attended Principia College with the assistance of an art scholarship from the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts and graduated in 1976 with a BA in Fine Art. Robin has exhibited her work in several prominent galleries in Laguna Beach and in all three summer festivals in Laguna as well. Her work is in private, corporate and public collections throughout the world. She has illustrated books and her work has adorned wine labels from Napa Valley and greeting cards. Her paintings express a special sense of fun and happiness that is often missing in a world that is "too busy". They illustrate her reverence for "the simple life" and are decidedly upbeat and idealistic. When someone looks at her paintings, they can't help but smile.
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