Hello again! I know it has been awhile since my last post. I was busy painting larger canvases for an exhibit that opened last week at the Harrington Gallery at the Firehouse Arts Center. The exhibit is called Inside & Out: Plein Air and Studio Works. The exhibit contains plein air and studio paintings by me and six other painters, collectively know as the Joules. This painting is one of my larger pieces in the exhibit.
Sunlight reflects off of the foliage. An iridescence reflects on the girl. I wonder what she is reflecting on?
I painted in the vineyards this week. I am going to take a cue from Monet and paint the same spot again and again. I plan to go back there once a month to see how the foliage, color, and light changes over time. This should be an interesting experiment because I will also get to see if my painting approach changes and progresses. We will see how this turns out.
I am primarily a plein air painter. I love being outside, painting on location. It allows me to be immersed in the moment, and to really get the feel of a place. Due to the nature of plein air, I often have to paint on smaller canvases. I like the impact that a larger painting can have, so I have been using my smaller plein air pieces as inspiration for larger paintings.
When I painted this from a smaller plein air piece, I could easily recall the rhythmic sound of the waves, the cool ocean breeze cutting across my face, and the smell of salt in the air. All of that memory and feeling went into the creation of this painting. I hope that some of those sensations come through to the viewer.
It is that time of year again! Summer is nearly here. It is time to open up the swimming pools and let the summer festivities begin. When I was a child in Vermont, getting to go to a pool was a special treat. Backyard pools were not nearly as common as they are here in sunny California. Being poolside still gives me that exhilarating feeling that I had as a child. That is why this was such a fun subject to paint.
Other special summertime treats were of the frozen variety. We enjoyed ice-cream, Popsicles, and fruity sherbet, which we called “sherbert.” As soon as I painted this, I stepped back from my easel and exclaimed, “it looks like sherbert!” It’s funny how memories can come sneaking through a painting.
Here is to summertime memories, the ones from long ago and the new ones that we will make. I hope your summer is a delight!
I am very happy to be participating once again in this years Scene on the Strait. Scene on the Strait is an art festival that raises funds for the nonprofit Carquinez Regional Environmental Education Center (CREEC), whose mission is to restore butterfly habitat along the Carquinez Strait. August 8th, 2015 will be a fun filled day of music, food, art, and art lovers.
So, to celebrate being part of this fun festival, I thought I would share this painting of a “scene on the strait” that I recently painted. I saw this beautiful Bel Air Beauty at the Benicia Classic Car show that took place a couple of weeks ago. As soon as I saw it, I knew what I wanted to paint!
In the eastern counties of the San Francisco Bay Area, nothing announces springtime like the blooming fields of mustard. These cheerful blossoms are a welcome sight after the cold and dark days of winter. That is why I chose this as one of three paintings that I have entered into the ADAS Spring Show, Primavera. Here is a link for more details. http://adas4art.org/spring-show/
I am also happy that one of my paintings will be in this year’s Fresh Works Exhibit at the Harrington Gallery. http://www.firehousearts.org/harrington-gallery/ I am looking forward to both receptions, and they occur on the same day. It will be an artful day, which is just the way that I like it.
The irises are starting to bloom in Napa County. I painted this yesterday at the Napa Country Iris Garden. It is just beautiful there. Nothing compares to painting out on a sunny day, with a cool breeze, surrounded by these colorful blooms. Monet knew how to live!
It has been a very busy year for me. I have been in the studio working on some very large pieces for a commission. I am really looking forward to getting back outside to do some more plein air work. I have missed being able to work from direct observation, and from the dynamic of painting in the elements. I hope to get outside this weekend, but in the mean time I am going to dive into another large studio piece.
This is a funky little road scene that I painted last summer. I thought it would be fun to do a lager version. I am going to attempt a 40 x 30 of this one. I will post the results later. Wish me luck!
It is day eight of the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. I must admit that I have thought about letting a day go by with out posting, but here it is. I am continuing to have fun exploring abstract landscapes. This one reminds me of a song called Mountains of the Moon.
This is another portrait study of a vineyard done on Arches Oil Painting paper. I think this has an interesting dynamic. The fiery vineyard blazing in the front is balanced by the bucolic farm in the back.