Tuesday, November 11, 2014

After the Mount Diablo Fire Series IX and After the Fire X

              After the Fire IX 16 x 20

This is where a fire break was created that stopped the fire .
The burnt part of the slope on the left contrasts with the unburnt part on the lower right, the fire broke through at the far end. Getting closer to the trees and burnt areas required careful selection of what to leave out so that it doesn't look like a fall scene.
After the Fire X 14 x 14

This shows what the recovering chaparral looks like up close.
This was fun to paint because of the returning green contrasting with the copper colored bare soil.
 These plants clearly have root systems that survived the fire and will be recovering rapidly.

My blog just got the 200,000th visitor on November 19th 2014! Thank you!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

"Bay Light", plein air watercolor 11 x 14

Bay Light 11 x 14. Plein Air Watercolor

This was painted on South Gate Rd on Mount Diablo, just down from junction. As I' ve been looking inland as I paint the After the Fire Series, when I turn to go home at about 4 pm and see this wonderful view of the late afternoon light reflecting off San Francisco Bay. It is interesting painting the late afternoon light as it changes quickly. Painted in about an hour.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Signature Artist Member of the Month, LPAPA


I was happy to be selected as a Signature Artist member of Laguna Plein Air Painters last year about this time.
 LPAPA just recognized me as the Signature Artist Member of the month for November.

When I moved to Northern California in the mid 90's, I fell in love with the plein air painters from Southern California both the turn of the century and the contemporary landscape painters doing wonderful work so this means a lot to me!

They selected a great assortment of my paintings to feature on the page that's linked above, please check it out and explore the wonderful programs LPAPA has for artists and collectors.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

October Vines, 14 x 14 Plein Air Watercolor

October Vines, 14 x14 Plein Air Watercolor

The old vines on Piner Road in Sonoma have so much character.
These vines were just starting to change color in early October.
This was painted the same day as Bob's GranFondo bicycle event and just before the Riverbend painting of the Russian River posted in the most recent blog entry.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Riverbend, 11 x 14 Plein Air Watercolor

"Riverbend" 11 x 14 , plein air watercolor painted near Duncan's Mills along the Russian River.

Bob did Levi's GranFondo bicycle event in October and I was lucky enough to go to Duncan's Mills to the Christopher Queen Galleries. Contemporary painters and wonderful watercolors upstairs by Percy Grey and Lorenzo Latimer were inspiration for this piece. It was sunny along the coast, our best weather in Northern California is September and October. It was a such  pleasure to see green trees and flowing water.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Artists accepted to the California Watercolor 45th National Exhibit

 CWA web site October 15th  Number 48!
Thanks to Juror Eric Wiegardt  for accepting my painting.
It's a great honor to be in this exhibit with such accomplished northern California Artists as Joe Santos,  Nt Near, David Broad, Jane Hoffstetter, Iretta Hunter, Charotte Huntley, Qian Gao, Sally Cataldo, Sal Valencia and Myrna Wacknov.

45th National Accepted Artists 2014

Artists & Images

1 Abraham, Patricia Hiding Places IV
2 Adkison, Melissa Fuschia 2
3 Arkhipau, Genady Wcop 85
4 Armitage, Ruth Beneath the Surface
5 Athanas, Denise Moonlight Nocturne III
6 Bailey,  Sally Bills Puzzled
7 Baker, Sally A Rose is a ...
8 Barron Leopardo, Joyce Turning the Corner
9 Becker, Marnie Silent Partner
10 Blake, Mary Sand Pond Ripples
11 Bortnick, Eugene Pike Place Musicians
12 Bowler, Pattie Silly Faces
13 Brayton, Francesca Crystal Cove Hill
14 Broad, David Monterey
15 Brown, Niz Peaches and Cream
16 Byrne, Kathy Glass Floats
17 Caldwell, Nancy Monarch Madness
18 Cataldo, Sally Stillife and Landscape
19 Chang, Angela Wiredsouth Gate Market
20 Cheney-Parr, Leslie Wepham 4 Crests
21 Crookston, Nancy Portrait of Margaret
22 Curiel, Taryn Walking Through the City
23 Daily-Birnbaum, Elaine Deliberations
24 Dixon, Colleen Hoop Dancer II
25 Erfle, linda Persimmons at Sunrise
26 Friedland, Michael San Rafael Victorian
27 Gao, Qian Florence Market
28 Garner, Steve The Element of Chance
29 Grinstead, John Just Picked
30 Grudsky, Dmitry Street Musician
31 Harper, Susan Hope
32 Hill, Marilyn I thought it would be different
33 Hofstetter, Jane Night Passage
34 Hu, Xiao Xing Looking Attentively
35 Hunter, Iretta Up Beat Blues
36 Huntley, Charlotte Zzzits
37 James, John Starting Anew
38 Katsenelson, Naum Foggy Morning
39 Kempe, Barbara Macawcophony
40 Kingdon, Ona Coded Thoughts
41 Matthews, Sue Sea Skyscrapers
42 McCormack, Geoffrey Fresh Frozen Pacific
43 McIntyre, Robert Morning Mist
44 Near, Nancy Waiting in the Wings
45 Ng, Woon Lam Market Place
46 O'Connor, Birgit Rose Dream
47 Peterson, David Merchant and Main St.
48 Purcell, Robin After the Fire IV
49 Rogone, Anthony Forks and Spoons
50 Rouse, Charles Boat Yard Blues
51 Sakai, Kathy Urban Decay
52 Salvador, Andre What Color is your Blown Glass Ceiling
53 Santos, Joseph Drill Rig
54 Shoemaker, Doug San Diego Blue
55 Smith, Mark Pueblos Blancos
56 Sorrentino, Vita Dramaturg
57 St. Onge, Jan Indigo Village
58 Staub, Carol Rays Of Hope
59 Steinbach-Garcia, Teresa Wild Almonds
60 Stephens, Ron CTC Auto Ranch
61 Stermer-Cox, Margaret Just SayinV8b
62 Stone, Hazel Ditat Deus
63 Strier, Ellen Waiting in Malibu
64 Suz Chiang, Tan Relationship of City 8
65 Tang, Michael Mott Street New York City
66 Valencia, Salvador Race Day
67 Wacknov, Myrna Evolution
68 Walsh, Marilyn Store Window with Reflections
69 Walters, Steve The Wooden Prince
70 Wear, Marilyn Heading Downstream
71 Weckbach, Kevin Blue Pike and Red Glass
72 Williams, Erin Delicious Day
73 Wilson, Suzanne Farmers Market Radishes Leeks Chard
74 Wright, Val On Parade
75 Zymolka-Amrhein, Anita Working Upstream