Death in a California Landscape

Almost four years ago I enthusiastically reviewed Elizabeth C. Ward’s Coast Highway 1 as “a fairly essential Coast Road Read,” and now Ms. Ward returns with another must-read for California coast enthusiasts or for anyone who enjoys a good mystery: Death in a California Landscape. Set in Laguna Beach, Ms. Ward gracefully depicts the type … Continue reading Death in a California Landscape

My Nepenthe by Romney Steele

While Holly's Honey Wheat Berry Bread dough rises in my warm kitchen, let me tell you of a good book about the California coast which provides three things: Intimate Authenticity of the place, a History about how and why people settled at that location, and snippets of Experiences with the Coast Road.  My Nepenthe, by Romney … Continue reading My Nepenthe by Romney Steele

On the Coast of California – Currier & Ives

Currier & Ives lithographed the West for the railroad.  The coastal scene above presents a California that is both abundant and simple.  A magnificent mountain peaks above clouds.  Ships harbor in the distance and a man walks with his burros towards the village along the coast road. Idyllic.  Edenic.  An untouched world available to possibility. Other … Continue reading On the Coast of California – Currier & Ives

Alex Schaefer :: Pacific Coast Highway

Alex Schaefer paints PCH at the intersection of Corral Canyon Road. Alex does not omit the modern details.  Emphasis upon the painting's foreground directs the viewer's focus onto a traffic signal holding cars at red stoplight.  Stop.  Focus. The sand-squatting hulk of a grey concrete west highway residence takes up center space of this painting, … Continue reading Alex Schaefer :: Pacific Coast Highway