Plein Air Painting in Laguna Beach – An Enduring Landscape Legacy by Jean Stern and Molly Siple, American Artist Magazine, 2010
As early as 1886, artists began to flock to Laguna Beach. a small coastal community about 5o miles south of Los Angeles. The attraction, from the artists point of view, was the dear and intense light, as well as the sheer beauty of this small coastal village. The unique light, which masts all along the Southern California coast. is similar to that of Southern France and other Mediterranean locales. It offers artists large vistas and intense, pure colon. all bathed in the fluidity of natural sunlight It also allows access to other diverse landscapes nearby.