The Rock at Morro Bay

Morro Rock is pretty amazing. It’s a gigantic volcanic plug in Morro Bay. This big monolith dominates the town of Morro Bay and is just referred to as “The Rock”, which prompted my kids to call it Dwayne Johnson. I had to look him up.

One morning, I painted that rock over and over and over. Here’s what I ended up with.

My first sketch is often the kitchen sink version.

Here are more, but I’m not sure anymore what order I painted them in.





It’s always fun to do multiple takes on a subject. As you see it more and more clearly, you fuss around less. I think I could spend a few days at Morro Bay, switching angles and media and drawing and redrawing Dwayne Johnson.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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8 Responses to The Rock at Morro Bay

  1. fakeflamenco says:

    Love your kids’ joke calling the topographic feature Dwayne Johnson! Very funny : ) Rebecca

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  2. Yes I find if I draw things mutiple times they just get better, and I change the way I paint them..didnt know who the “rock” was..tut tut..Happy Holidaze BTW!!

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  3. Nice work Suhita, I like seeing all your different takes on “The Rock!” I also find repainting the same subject is a good way to practice skills and develop a better handle on the medium.


  4. My favourite is the one with the three pillars. Thank you for posting all of these!

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  5. pbass wil says:

    I like ’em all! I particularly like the textures made by those pigments on that paper.

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  6. Nice watercolour sketches, I really like your strokes and calligraphic style.


  7. robenmarie says:

    These are so beautiful! As soon as I saw them, I knew it was at Morro Bay. My hubby and I visited last year and loved it. Thanks for sharing!

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