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I've been developing a  painting series based on the largest square size I can paint with my favorite watercolor paper, Arches  bright w...

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Central Coast Paintings from August


Near San Simeon 9 x 12 plein air watercolor


Montana de Oro 9 x 12 plein air watercolor


Hollister Peak August 14 x 14 plein air watercolor


Western Vista, Bayside Cafe 12 x 12

With the goal of learning more about painting at the coast I painted small so I could try different subjects. Where I live there is sunshine 300 days a year, so ways of working, seeing and thinking have to be adjusted.

I learned there has to be some break in the fog for me to see enough of the scene to paint it. If it's too dark I can't see the shapes and color patches I need.
I learned to paint the ocean first, since it is new to me and constantly changing. I stared at the changing shapes, memorized the ones I thought would work and painted from short term visual memory. In Near San Simeon, the contrast between the value of the ocean's surface and the dark rocks caught my attention. I paid careful attention to how light the ocean was, a silver, not a blue.

In Montana De Oro the composing challenge was how far I could push the cliff to the left so it was a supporting player to the Pacific. I almost treated the ocean like a sky in this one.

Inland,  I  had to stop and paint  Hollister Peak, I wanted to paint it in the morning light but the top stayed covered by fog in the mornings so this is the afternoon shadow side.

Just south of Moro Bay is the estuary, with a great restaurant, the Bayside Cafe, I painted there, then treated myself to their California Clam Chowder, clam chowder plus green chile soup Highly recommend!

Four studies in three days and I still had time to walk the beach, wade in the waves, see the elephant seals, zebras, otters and the night herons.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Winter's Light, La Jolla Shores is in "A Walk in the Park" Exhibit opening reception today

"Winter's Light La Jolla Shores" as it appears in the gallery. I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek today. I hope to see you tonight.
The reception is 5 to 7 pm today at the Town of Danville Village Theater Art Gallery.

Monday, August 22, 2016

New Series, Diablo Squared

I've been developing a  painting series based on the largest square size I can paint with my favorite watercolor paper, Arches  bright white 300 LB hot press.  21.5 x 21.5 . I plan on painting at least 6 in the series and have just finished the fifth one. Here they are in order of painting.

Blue Ridge

Curry Point November

Just Below Junction

Poppies Above the Bay

The Height of Summer

Friday, July 22, 2016

"Ojai Study"

"Ojai Study" was painted in the parking lot of a stable with a manure truck next to me!
Fortunately the wind was in my favor.
Watercolor, 9 x 12 one hour. Plein Air

The heat let me work very quickly as the paint dried almost immediately.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Poppy Paintings

Poppy Meadow 14 x 14
















Windy Day Poppies 24 x 18

These were painted a while ago, just getting around to posting.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Save Mt Diablo's Moonlight on the Mountain, donations


Save Mount Diablo's fundraiser isn't for months, but I just got these two framed and ready to donate to the auction. Both are 8 x 8 framed prints of two of my recent paintings of Mount Diablo.

Left is "Just below Junction
, right is "Summit from Curry Point."

Here's a link to the event. http://www.savemountdiablo.org/activities_events_moonlt.html

And here are the paintings not behind the glare of glass: