Painting of girl overlooking ocean


         Mixed media paper etching and oil on canvas with pallet knife, 30” x 20”

The mountains in the distance are made of paper etchings and model the Santa Catalina Islands off the coast of Huntington Beach, California (Southern California). We had a peek-a-boo view of the islands from our home in the city where I served as City Administrator. The City of Huntington Beach is paradise with its gentle breezes that carry you back to times when the heart soars. For me, that was always Easter when my mother made sure I had a new Easter dress, basket of goodies, and a bonnet with ribbons and flowers.

The clouds, shoreline, tree branch, boats, and basket are also etchings. I used a pallet knife to create the sky and ocean.

I renamed this painting from Easter Bonnet to Catalina when my granddaughter was born on March 7, 2014. Now, it is dedicated to Catalina Adelle.

About the City of Huntington Beach, California: The City of Huntington Beach California is a 28-square mile city located on the coastline of Southern California. Its current population is estimated at 189,700. The city receives over 23 million visitors a year to its pristine beach and peer. My favorite place was the Bolsa Chica State Conservancy—a bird lover’s paradise located along Highway 1.

©Penelope Culbreth-Graft, June 2013


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