One more Big Sur painting as I prepare to paint the central California coast for San Luis Obispo Plein Air next month. It was fun in this painting to abstract the distance obscured by fog. Let’s hope it’s not foggy when I’m there (although, hey, I’m getting lots of practice). I’m headed to The Sierras … Continue reading Big Sur foggy day, 2
The California coast delivers weather that varies from bright sunshine to fog–all in the same spot, the same hour! This foggy day version of Big Sur is the other side–the foggy side–of my last sun-lit coastal painting.
“Our life is frittered away by detail… simplify, simplify.” Henry David Thoreau One of the challenges I (and I know many other landscape painters face) is learning how to simplify. Capturing the essence of your subject with as few marks or shapes as possible makes for a strong design (one you can read across the … Continue reading Big Sur Mountians
Looking through my reference photos, I connected to a couple of photos from Big Sur canyons–often overlooked, given the drama of the seaside. I’m also pushing lots of paint lately to experiment with texture. Enjoy!
Two days of cloudy/foggy weather in Big Sur (CA) gave me chance to relax a bit. The sky cleared completely on my last day, so I was able to get a couple done on my way to the paint-out at Hearst Castle. Getting a great block-in is really important. To me, that means a great … Continue reading Big Sur
Just south of the art town Carmel lies Big Sur, probably the most majestic meeting of land and sea in California. It’s been painted by many artists over the past 100 years. Unfortunately, it’s also been scared by the recent fires this summer. I don’t know what the area looks like today, and am a … Continue reading Big Sur
The San Luis Obispo Plein Air show is coming up! This is a great event. The artists have an wonderful variety of subjects to paint, from seascapes, cityscapes, vineyards and of course the town itself. I plan to paint all seascapes, but who knows, I’ve got to paint what inspires me! I’m staying most of … Continue reading San Luis Obispo Plein Air show coming up
I had a week off and spent the time painting from Carmel > Big Sur > Ragged Point > San Simeon. It was a wonderful week focused on painting! In these two studies (painting at Asilomar, just north of Carmel) I was focusing on the use of dark transparent colors to represent the ocean. click … Continue reading Painting Day in Asilomar
Yes, I took another day off today while painting the Big Sur area (the “game” was called off due to rain), but I did find this recent figure study to entertain you. On second look, it’s a bit dark, but I did want to use saturated colors in light, which does force the darks down … Continue reading Boy on Dock
My trek to Hearst Castle has started in Point Lobos, where I got two good days of painting in. Point Lobos is located just south of Carmel, CA, where all men wear khaki (only), and there’s no one to give my spare change to (…coincidentally, the very first store you see on your way into … Continue reading Point Lobos
I am on my way tomorrow to Hearst Castle to paint for an invitational, and taking my time, driving down the coast from Carmel to Cambria with a stop in Big Sur a couple days. To prepare for painting the castle’s architecture, I got out some reference photos of Balboa Park in San Diego. I … Continue reading Balboa Park (Last Light)
Painted a couple of studies today. I started the morning searching for a combination of ice plant, sand and certain blue-green bushes I saw on the way here. Didn’t find them, so painted a long view just south of Rocky Point, then an ice plant study in the late afternoon. Gracie and I had a … Continue reading More fresh paint from Carmel