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"Santa Monica Mountains" Accepted into Southern California Inspirations .NWS Oceanside Museum of Art

Santa Monica Mountains 14 x 21 watercolor on paper Honored to be selected for this exhibit. National Watercolor Society:  Southern...

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014

Sonoma Plein Air Day Two Paintings

Companion Oaks 11 x 14



Hill at the Square 6 x 6 (quick draw)


Hill at the Square framed and sold



Sunday, September 21, 2014

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A break by the coast: August Pescadaro Marsh 9 x 12 Plein Air Watercolor

August Pescadaro Marsh  9 x 12 Plein Air Watercolor

It was great to go paint at the Coast of Northern California. The moisture in the air was a good change from the dry conditions in the East Bay. This quick 9 x 12 was composed for me by nature, I turned my head and the dramatic darks of the trees contrasted with the distant and middle ground hills and gave the painting a dramatic focus.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

After the Fire VII and After the Fire VIII


After the Fire VII 9 x 12

After the Fire VIII 13 1/2 x 16 1/2

I enjoyed painting in the evening in July  so I went back up  Mount Diablo to paint the next two After the Fire series in the early evening.
The light changed the colors so there was an orange/ pink cast to the colors that reminds me of the pinkish caste to the light during a fire. These were painted from South Gate Rd near Rock City where a few trees recently were removed and a new vista of the summit and burnt area is visible. The bare soil took on a lovely terracotta color in the evening light. And I am learning how to compensate for how quickly the light changes at this time of day. (Giving the visual memory muscles a work out for sure)