Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Monday, July 9, 2012
Painting water has always been my nemesis (pretty funny for a Pisces) so I have officially declared this the “Summer of Water”. I’m gonna figure it out if it drowns me. (Ha).
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
We Just returned from a long weekend in Santa Barbara. While there we took a morning trip up to Goleta beach, made notable by California artists like Marcia Burtt.
Here are a couple of studies I did from that trip. I have several good photos that will, hopefully, lead to some more paintings of this great spot.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
I had so much fun painting a red rock scene with these flowers that I wanted to do something that showcased these wonderful blooms.
The scenery of the red rock country can be huge and breathtaking but sometimes I like to get up close and take a look at what makes the whole landscape.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
This fall I’m heading back to Zion National Park so I’m going to start tuning up with a few little studies from photos I have brought back from previous trips.
This is a little scene from along the Virgin River which runs the length of the canyon.
Saturday, June 2, 2012
We don’t have these growing here in Southern California except where they have been planted in gardens like this one in Balboa Park.
I remember these from our trips to Michigan and I always enjoy them. So when I found these I had to paint them!
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Every time I leave my house I come to the bottom of the hill where my street begins and look across to an empty field. Usually it’s full of dried weeds but right now there’s still a hint of green and some lovely wildflowers left over from spring. So, I decided to paint a small study to remember it by. A few days later all of the color was gone…
Friday, May 25, 2012
I’ve been obsessed lately with the work of California artist Marcia Burtt. She paints exclusively in acrylics and does an incredible job!
As an oil painter, acrylics can be very different and frustrating. Especially outdoors where they can dry before the paint hits the canvas. My plan is to try these outdoors but first I want to get used to the medium in the studio where I can have a bit more control. We’ll see how it goes…
Saturday, May 19, 2012
I’ve been hiking a lot at a recreational lake close to my home named Lake Hodges. We’re coming out of spring and the grass is still green and the flowers numerous. So, I decided to leave my hiking pack at home and put on my painting backpack for a morning at the lake. If was gorgeous!
I also decided to try painting a little larger so this one is 12 x 16. Not huge, but much bigger than my usual 8 x 10.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Fortunately, the storm blew out and left behind some great weather and scenes like this hillside in the mountains on the way home. There's still lots of snow up there from the storm. This IS April, isn't it??!?
8 x 8 pastel on paper
This painting can be purchased here
Monday, March 5, 2012
I'm getting back on my feet again so I took my lightweight kit out to a local park, set up a chair next to a field of green and peered into the tangle where I found a few small yellow flowers that didn't want to be found. Good to be back out in the warm sunshine!
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
Finally had a little time to paint and.... rain! Oh well. So I sifted through my photos and found this one from our last trip to Michigan.
I started this with a watercolor underpainting, to establish the color patterns:
Saturday, February 4, 2012
I went out to Cabrillo National Monument today to paint with the San Diego Plein Air painting group. This park Is known for it’s fabulous old lighthouse and spectacular ocean views.
But for some reason I was feeling introspective today so I wandered away from the crowds and found this view of a cliff above the ocean just as the morning light was coming over the crest. Peace.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
I’ve walked this path every time I go to Wilderness Gardens Preserve as it’s along the only way into the park. Each time I passed under this tree I said, “I have to paint this”. But I always walk past it to something else. Something “bigger and better”.
I Finally stopped and painted this view and it was a wonderful experience. Somehow, I think there’s a lesson from life here…..