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Slopes of Ceanothus

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

Monday, March 28, 2016

2nd Annual Kern County Plein Air Painting Festival, April 5 to 9

I am busy getting ready for this event in April. I am hoping the weather holds and there are some wildflowers still in bloom. Last year we got to paint at the Kern River and Tejon Ranch and Wind Wolves preserve.

Here are a few of the paintings from 2015.

Friday, March 4, 2016

"Clouds Over Sullivan's Island" and "Burndale Morning" to be exhibited in the California Art Club's 105th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition

Clouds Over Sullivan's Island, watercolor on paper 12 1/2 x 14 1/2

 Burndale Morning  watercolor on paper 9 x 12

This is my sixth consecutive time exhibiting in the Gold Medal Exhibition!
I have been fortunate to have had two painting accepted all six times!
 When there is time I post them all together.

This is one of the most prestigious art events on the West Coast, in one of the premier art museums in Los Angeles. It is the signature event of the CAC and there will be over 200 paintings and sculptures on view.


California Art Club 105th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition
April 3 - 24
Gala Reception April 2, 6pm
Autry Museum of the American West
4700 Western Heritage Way LA

For tickets to the Gala and more information, please visit

A note on presentation.
These exhibits are generally filled with oil paintings. I try to be respectful of the challenges of hanging a diverse exhibit of still lives, figurative and landscape subjects. For these exhibits I frame my paintings like landscape paintings, not like colored drawings and I think that helps with their appeal. Here's how the two from this year are framed:

Winter's Light, La Jolla Shores, plein air watercolor.

'Winter's Light,  La Jolla Shores". Plein Air Watercolor, painted on location. 10 1/2 X13 1/2

In February we traveled to La Jolla Shores to celebrate a birthday. The afternoon sunshine and coastal mist was a subject I am very inexperienced with, I tried to capture the glow and atmosphere.