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Slopes of Ceanothus

Slopes of Ceanothus , 12 x 12,  plein air watercolor.  

Friday, April 20, 2012

On Location in Malibu 2012, California Art Club Exhibit at the Frederick R Weisman Museum of Art May 19 – August 4, 2012

Malibu Canyon, 21 x 29. You can click on the  painting  for a larger image.

Opening reception: Saturday, May 19, 5–7 PM

 Sometimes I paint large in the studio, because a large piece of watercolor paper taped to masonite board is just like a very large and heavy sail. 
Malibu Canyon was painted from a photo that I took along Malibu Canyon Drive. It shows my fondness for shapes and colors applied in flat areas and arranged to create volume. In Southern California the hills show their structure because there is not as much vegetation covering them.
 The color in this is largely from memory since the photo greys everything out. This is my fantasy of a view I would like to have from a window some day. Another influence here is a magical phrase from a fairy tale that a princess's dress was skybluepink. I remember puzzling over this phrase as a child and trying to imagine what that would be, this looked like a skybluepink hill to me.
I am thrilled to be exhibiting in On Location in Malibu for the second time. The Juror was Museum Director Michael Zakian. 
The roster of artists(!) my painting gets to hang out with:

Peter Adams, Lisa Bloomingdale Bell, Gerald Brommer, John Brunnick, Marcia Burtt, Cathey Cadieux, John Cosby, Jose De Juan, Karl Dempwolf, Esther Engelman, Mark Fehlman, David Gallup, Lynn Gertenbach, Adrian Gottlieb, Robin Hall, Carolyn Hesse-Low, Keewon Hong, Jeffrey Horn, Virginia Johnstone, Sharon Burkett Kaiser, Laurie Kersey, Chuck Kovacic, Peggi Kroll-Roberts, Frank Lennartz, Calvin Liang, Jeremy Lipking, Bobbie Moline-Kramer, Taylor Montague, Jennifer Moses, Michael Obermeyer, Barron Postmus, Scott W. Prior, Tony Pro, Richard Probert, Robin Purcell, Gerald Rahm, Jeff Richards, Vic Riesau, Rodolfo Rivademar, Ray Roberts, Junn Roca, Gayle Roski, Frank Serrano, Herb Seymour, Liliana Simanton, Michael Situ, Christopher Slatoff, Tim Solliday, Alexey Steele, Yisun Wei, Ryan Wurmser, Jeff Yeomans, Joan Horsfall Young, Dennis Ziemienski, and Charles Zlatkoff.  

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Mount Diablo Springtime

Diablo Springtime 14 x 14

This started out a while ago as a class demo and I missed posting it at the time. Since we are finally getting some gorgeous greens, I thought it would be fun to post now. This was painted from a summer version of this same place in Lafayette called " Northern View. "