As I start to prepare for the San Luis Obispo Plein Air show in October, I’ve been referring back to photos from my recent plein air painting trip to paint
The colors of the desert are so distinctive. Yes, there are spots of bright color here and there, but in general, I find the colors to be “mellow”, varied and
After a great plein air painting trip, I’m back to the studio and focusing on the figure. I took snapshots of my progress on this painting so you’ll be able
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
Last year, Christopher Forbes and Stephen Doherty invited a group of 10 artists to paint at the Forbes family estate in New Jersey. We had inspirational landscapes, interiors and models
“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.
I used a reference photo of “Indian Canyons” park in Palm Springs, Ca to study shadow color. The color of shadow on a surface is influenced by it’s local color,
Revisiting the colors of the desert landscape. I had some trouble with the distant shadows, and kept alternating darker/lighter. This photo seems to show them lighter than they appear in
Here’s a plein air sketch of the Chinese Peace Pavilion on “Strawbery Hill“, Stow Lake, Golden Gate Park. The trick with this painting was to paint a monolithic structure. I
Here’s a plein air sketch of Stow Lake (Golden Gate Park, San Francisco) from the Chinese Peace Pavilion.