Spent a couple of days painting in the Carmel area (Point Lobos, Asilomoar, Pacific Grove). I’m really fascinated right now by the incredible color and design possibilities sand dunes covered in ice plant. The complementary red/green combinations are powerful, especially in the late afternoon and early morning light. This paitning was done around 6pm. I intend on painting a series of this subject, perhaps for hanging at Viewpoints Gallery in November.
I finished this plein air painting “The Old Veteran” at Point Lobos, CA — one of my favorite painting locations. It was a cloudy day, but this tree (really named “The Old Veteran”) really caught my eye. It communicated incredible strength, age, fortitude, and at the same time, graceful pose.
I think this is a keeper. I may enter in some shows, but don’t intend to sell. It’s hard for to part with some paintings.
In Laguna, I had fun producing a few small rocks/surf studies, with lots of juicy paint! Using this technique in representing water is particularly effective because water is mostly made of “edges” of color in sharp contract. This, and pallette knife technique work realy well.
Just returned from a trip to Southern California where I painted the Back Bay of Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, etc. This is a sunset on the Back Bay. Like Monet, I was attempting to capture the essense of this light, without focusin on representing recogizable landscape elements.
The “Key Hole” in Laguna Beach is painted often by many artists. I enjoyed bringing out the slight color variations of this rock formation.
Enjoyed paitning boats at Angel Island recently and capturing the tranquility of this place.
I’m making more trips to Lake Tahoe this summer.. As with some of the Laguna Beach rocks/surf paitntings above, I’m experimenting with pushing color and using more expressive and obvious brush strokes.
I was honoored to participate in the Point Reyes Plein Air 2005 Event. This painting was done of the Marin Headlands from Limantour Beach and expresses the quite and vastness of this beautiful open space.
You can read more about this event at the Point Reyes Plein Air Event at William Lester Gallery web site.
Here’s a painting I did for this event: