In March I camped for a few days at Crystal Cove State Beach. It rained most of the time, but I was able to paint between storms. On the one predicted sunny day I took my first Uber to the historic district. I got two paintings in that day. I had just the right vantage point for this one, but apparently too close to the surf. A surprise wave came up and swept my backpack into the nearby creek. My tripod stayed put! I was so relieved that my phone was in my apron, not my backpack! Lesson learned. And another: I did the next painting with a drippy roll of Viva paper towels and they still worked! I came home from camping and the quarantine and lock downs began. So long ago, it seems.
Here are a few demos from my recent workshop. It will give you an idea of what I teach; mostly how to get a clear division of light and shadow (among other things!) These are simplified small studies.
There's a complementary color scheme here, and the carnations that seemed to live forever. The little bottle is pure clove oil which I add to my paints to slow the drying a bit. A variety of textures are included for interest all within a limited color scheme. Like a lot of my works, it's better in person. It's framed and ready to hang. Click on purchase link for more info.
Here is the second painting in the series with white carnations. In addition to their wonderful fragrance, carnations are a very slow fading flower. I think these lasted about three weeks! They found their way into quite a few paintings.
IN OTHER NEWS: I'm really looking forward to teaching a workshop this weekend! In the spring I had to cancel two workshops, so it has been a long wait. I do have a few spots open in my October 3-4 workshop. Email me if you're interested.
I painted this from life in my studio back in March. Back then it was just the beginning of what has turned out to be a long, long attempt at staying hidden from a virus. The carnations held out for several paintings, which will follow here on my blog. I am grateful every day that I'm a painter. It's a somewhat solitary endeavor anyway. I hope you are well and keeping busy. Thank you for following my work here.
HUMMINGBIRD CAFE original plein air oil painting 9x12 in.
The Los Rios District is located along the railroad station in San Juan Capistrano, and is really worth a visit if you've never been there. It's a neighborhood with many structures dating back to the 1800's. Some are still private residences, and others, like this one, house cafes, coffee shops, tea rooms, and gift shops. Sounds commercialized, but it's not at all. It still has its old time charm. A favorite area for painters!
This painting is currently available and on display at Mission Fine Art Gallery, located a short walk from where I painted this scene. Email inquiries to me at email@example.com
LAGUNA VIEW original plein air oil painting 16x20 inches
Painted from Heisler Park, this is a favorite viewpoint of many painters. It was February, so the beach was fairly quiet, and as is typical, the sun was trying to burn through the marine layer. My aim was able to capture the diffused light and subtle warmth from the sun. Can you feel it?
This is a fairly large painting for me at 16x20. It is in a dark wood frame with antique gold lip. It is currently displayed and available at Mission Fine Art Gallery in San Juan Capistrano. Located directly across from Mission San Juan Capistrano. So go see it in person! The gallery is now open every day 11-5.
Also available directly from me. Email to inquire: firstname.lastname@example.org