San Simeon School House, 1909, oil on linen 9×12 2019
by cheri sabraw
My oil painting skills are maturing, a testament to instruction by self and by teacher.
This small painting above sprung from a reference photo I took several years ago when my sweet husband and I left our home in Cambria seeking tortilla soup and meatloaf sandwiches at Sebastian’s, a delightful restaurant in the San Simeon Cove.
Unfortunately, Yelp and other nasty apps have made Sebastian’s a tourist stop, so we do not go there in the summertime.
As a teacher, I am drawn to old school houses, where my imagination takes me back to a time when teachers taught multiple grade levels and multiple subjects to students captured in rigid desks. Those were the days of spelling lists and rote memorization.
The Road to Gunnison, Colorado, 9×12 oil on linen, 2019
On our way to Gunnison, Coloado, a darling town on our road tripping down Highway 50, the Loneliest Highway in America, we passed exhausted sheepherders running along and several ragged border collies, pushing thousands of ewes down the canyon like a stream of undulating river rock. At first, I thought I was glimpsing a silver river but the bubbles of sheep backs were not river rock but bleating moving animals on their way to market.
At the turn, we passed a lovely canyon of autumn bliss set against a cerulean sky and orgasmic clouds. Cattle dotted the landscape.
I suggested we find our hotel and turn in for the night.
But not before sampling Trout Amandine at the local restaurant Trough.