After returning home from the Ernich painting class (which I write about here), I became inspired to create a small whimsical series of oil paintings. Driving along Pacific Coast Highway on Sunday afternoon, I passed the new commercial section of Huntington Beach called Pacific City. Red and yellow kites floated weightlessly against a beautiful azure blue sky. Reminded of Dandelion Wine and The October Country, I imagined the literary colors splashed and the kite floating across the crosshatching of a stretched canvas, embodying the freedom I felt. Often children are moved in sentimental moments to return to the places they grew up; however, I have never been, but in that moment the Bradbury-ian sentimentalism overcame me.
I’ve always been truly fascinated by the fantastic in literature. I took a graduate seminar by Dr. David Sandner, on the fantastic at Cal State Fullerton, and since then I seek out its themes in other novels. I aimed with this painting to capture that moment between the realistic and the surreal, ethereal kite flying at sunset.
You can view more of this series on my instagram.