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VIDEO: Ellen Joseph Paints at Miramar Beach

See the Half Moon Bay artist finish a painting in a mere 3 minutes.

Though artist Ellen Joseph has lived and worked all over the world, including Chicago, Hawaii, Scotland, and Paris — she currently calls Half Moon Bay home.

Joseph moved here with husband Mike Slinn after the two realized they were spending most of their time on the Coastside.

Living by the ocean is a consistent source of inspiration for the artist who regularly paints on location in the area. Recently, Half Moon Bay Patch caught her in action. In this video, Joseph completes a painting from start to finish at the overlooking Miramar Beach. Through the magic of sped-up video, the painting is completed in three minutes, but in reality she completed it in three hours. (To see the final work which includes the finishing touches Joseph added in her studio, click on the photo in the media gallery at right).

Last year was a big year for Joseph. In addition to opening her in May, Joseph was selected by the as the artist who will be commissioned each year to create a painting for the official . Each painting will be made into a commemorative fine art print (see her 2011 festival painting ).

Joseph ended the year by bringing together South Main street organizations and artists to form HMB SoMa (South on Main) Arts. As part of the group's mission to support and promote visual and performance artists on South Main St., it is holding quarterly downtown.

The next HMB SoMa Arts event is a which will take place this Sun., Feb. 12 at Half Moon Bay Main St. businesses south of Correas St. from 2 - 5 p.m. To read more about organizations and businesses participating in the HMB SoMa art walks, click .

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nancy strachan west February 06, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Wow! This is a great video that shows the amazing talent of my neighbor and friend Ellen Joseph. Thank you Kristine.
Ellen Joseph February 06, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Thanks for creating this video, Kristine! You did a great job with the editing! In case anyone is wondering, I don't really paint as fast as that! It actually took 3 hours to complete the painting, which I also worked on in my studio.
Surrey Blackburn February 06, 2012 at 04:47 PM
What a great view of a Plein Air artist at work. You see the palette she chose to start the painting, the different brushes, how she uses the brushes to create a different feel in the painting, how she paints the sides of the canvas too and a glimpse of the scene itself. Wonderful.
Patt Sheldon February 06, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Ellen, You're so inspirational! The coast is lucky to have you, not only as a talented artist, but also as a leader who's not afraid to put herself out there to share ideas and act on them. I loved the video. You make it look easy and effortless, which we know it isn't.
Ellen Joseph February 06, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Thanks, Pat! You are very kind. I appreciate all your efforts in organizing the Colony of Coastside Artists Open Studios and monthly artist get-togethers. We are lucky to have such a vibrant art community on the Coast! http://www.coastsideevents.org/
Laura McHugh February 06, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Very cool Ellen. So fun to see it compressed into 3 minutes, but even at 3 hours, that's a lot to create. You really captured the feel of the coast and it's beauty. Great videography too. I liked seeing the brushes up close.
Kristine Wong February 06, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Thanks to everyone for all your comments on the video. Ellen made it easy for me to film her painting and it was a lot of fun to see her work up close. Editing the video also taught me something about the landscape-painting process as well.
Islena F February 06, 2012 at 11:04 PM
wonderful video Kristine and Ellen, thank you!

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