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Newport Beach

Volume 6, Issue 84  | October 19, 2021

Capturing iconic Newport Beach and beyond: Crystal Cove State Park

Capturing iconic Crystal Cove

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Artwork by Don Krotee

This drawing shows the native plants, coastal sage scrub, oak and sycamore trees commonly found on one of many hiking trails in Crystal Cove State Park. Located between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach, Crystal Cove State Park encompasses 2,400 acres with beautiful backcountry wilderness as well as sandy beaches and tidepools. Hikers, bikers and visitors enjoy panoramic views and the beach. Crystal Cove’s protected habitat has been a source of inspiration for many plein air painters. One of the historic cottages in the Crystal Cove Historic District (found in the state park) has been named the “Painters Cottage” in honor of the artists. The media, alcohol-based architectural markers, are used every day in architectural practice and it is common to make this type of study drawing before a watercolor painting. 


Don Krotee is a 35-year resident of Newport Beach, a member of the 2000 GPAC, a Corona del Mar Residents Association member, the founder of the Newport Heights Improvement Association, a board member of SPON and lives in Corona del Mar. He is an architect, a sailor and a fine artist who has been drawing and painting from an early age. He provides Stu News drawings and paintings from iconic Newport Beach, Calif. and the world.  Follow for more art by artist Don Krotee.

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