Excellent, Max, and the brick planter he's standing on is very typical of Laguna Beach, one of the hotbeds of the Southern California Plein-Aire school.
I looked that up to make sure it was the case before posting it, and came across this statement in the Wikipedia article
concerning the decline of CA Plein Aire/Impressionism:
"...a long series of artistic battles were fought, with the modernists on one side and the traditionalists on the other and no one seemed to believe that co-existence was possible. When the older Plein-Air painters, most of whom were then entering their later years, were vanquished, they left the scene in bitter defeat."
Who knew art was so violent? Especially here in laid-back So Cal!