Big Sur to Mendocino
Big Sur to Mendocino
Big Sur to Mendocino (Coastal Paintings, and Stories with Legends Revealed) by Kevin Milligan
Big Sur to Mendocino is an extensive book, with 114 color plates of paintings made along the California Coast over a 22 year period by painter-author Kevin Milligan.
Some of the paintings portray the natural topography of the Coast like an estero, estuary, coves, rivers, archways, islets, cliffs and headlands.
About Big Sur to Mendocino
"John Steinbeck once said that the Salinas Valley haunted him 'like a remembered symphony.' Kevin Milligan's stunning paintings of this region may also linger in the mind. His paintings and the stories that accompany them trace the shadows, surf and human presence in the place Steinbeck called home--Monterey County and North to San Francisco."
Susan Shillinglaw - Executive Director, National Steinbeck Center
"Kevin's book is a treasure chest of stories and paintings and iconic moments that commemorate and illuminate one of the most loved regions of the world."
Paulette Lynch - Executive Director, Arts Council for Monterey County.
"In this book he pays appropriate homage to the artists and writers who came before him. He now adds to this lineage his contribution of unique, tranquil, inspired views that were twenty years in the making."
Marvin Schenck - Board Member, Arts Council of Mendocino County
Kevin Milligan creates on site landscape, seascape and cityscape paintings that are evolved during multiple sessions outdoors that take place over weeks and sometimes months and years. He visits the sites at the same time of day to keep shadows consistent or returns during the same season during greater time lapses. This more prolonged style allows him to search out the structure of a subject to combine with a spontaneous response. He has applied this method to a variety of motifs like; Bay Area cityscapes of Potrero Hill, Crockett and the Crocker Highlands. Subjects vary from architectural to the natural landscape such as open fields with mountains and rock formations with the ocean.