With the drought over and a genuine rainy season, I found myself very rusty after a season of slow methodical studio paintings. Here are the three plein air I've completed so far this month.
My favorite place to paint on Mount Diablo, I thought was a good place to start.
I was energized by finding this view of Mount Diablo near my house and wanted to paint the green before it went completely, we had a few 70 degree days and it is surprising how much the grass faded. I got this done in time for Saint Patricks Day.
Nothing gets my paintbrushes dancing like the poppies on Mt Diablo. Going back as soon as it's sunny because the poppies don't open without sun.
Friday, March 24, 2017
Monday, March 20, 2017
Poppies Above the Bay and Morning Glow selected for the California Art Club 106th Gold Medal Exhibit
Poppies Above the Bay 21 x 21
The California Art Club 106th Gold Medal Exhibition will be at the Autry Museum of the American West from April 8 to 30th with several events during the exhibit.
Artists' Gala Reception, Saturday April 8
Figurative Demonstration, Sunday April 9
Lecture and Tour , April 22
Paint and Sculpt Out , April 30th.
For those of you in the Los Angeles area, The Autry Museum of the American West is located at
4700 Western Heritage Way. It is open every day during the exhibit except Mondays. For more information about the events, please visit:
This is my seventh consecutive time accepted to this exhibit, to see all the paintings I've exhibited, please visit
Thursday, February 9, 2017
CaliforniaWatercolor.com in the Early California Style Award in 8th Annual Signature Watermedia Exhibition
Curry Point November just won the CaliforniaWatercolor.Com Award
(In the Early California Style) in the 8th Annual Signature American Watermedia Exhibition at the Fallbrook Art Center.
The exhibit runs February 5th to March 19th.
The juror was Dale Laitinen.
Caption: Curry Point November , 21 x 21, plein air watercolor on paper
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
"Ventura Beach" is a studio painting from a photo I took last summer. It has been way too rainy to go out and paint in the rain so I am doing coastal paintings in the studio. I much prefer painting from direct observation but the atmosphere of this coastal summer fog is a lot like the weather we are having now.
This may not be finished, I am putting it aside for a week or two to make sure.
I am missing summer right now and have wanted to paint one of the iconic life guard stations for a long time.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
I am showing a photo with me in it to show scale, this is a pretty large painting for plein watercolor.
Thank you to Juror Dale Laitinen and the Fallbrook Art Center for presenting this for the eight time.
Since this is going to a watermedia exhibit , it is framed in a traditional matted format.
Here is the exhibit information:
Signature American Watermedia Exhibition 2017, 8th Annual
Fallbrook Art Center
Feb 5th to March 19th Opening Reception Saturday Feb 4th, 5 to 7 pm.
Sunday, January 1, 2017
Winter Sky over Santa Cruz
I did this the same trip as Cypress Hush, intending it to be a learning experience, winter light and clouds are not my forte. I like it as a plein air piece trying to get the light right with careful attention to value and color.