Plein air painter Greg LaRock can't count the number of times he has painted Monument Point in Laguna Beach, but he never tires of the view.
"It's different every time," he said. "Depending on the time of day and year you have different paintings."
LaRock spends hours at his portable easel, working quickly with one brush and a full palette of colors to create realistic but impressionistic landscapes that draw viewers in.
"You don't have to do much more than suggest" a scene, LaRock said. "That gives the viewer more to do, so the viewer becomes part of the painting and engaged in the painting, rather than spelling it all out for them."
People also enjoy seeing the paintings come to life before their eyes, and this often triggers a sale, he said.
LaRock, a Newport Beach resident, believes the artist's eye is more discerning than a camera lens, but he does occasionally use photographs to help him complete his work in the studio.