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Mission Beach

You can explore seventy miles of beaches without leaving San Diego County. Water, sand, people, sun -- sounds like the perfect recipe for covering a canvas or sheet of watercolor paper. Most beaches offer plenty of parking (some free, some not) and public restrooms.

La Jolla Cove.

Above the Surf
watercolor by Mike Shirk

However, Keep in mind that the temperature can be ten degrees color at the water's edge, and there is usually a breeze, so prepare accordingly.

The Coronado Bridge

Crystal Pier watercolor by Mike Shirk

But once you've seen the painting opportunities, you'll probably decide it's well worth the effort.

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