Here I am again, back in another 5 day event!  I had a week “off” (working at Wells Fargo last week), but I think I can use some more.  Nothing I can do about it, so time to press on.

This wasn’t a great day.  I spent a lot of time driving around Alameda, trying to get a feel for the place and find something inspiring to paint. I finally did, although the spot isn’t typical at all of the town.  It’s Bay Farm Island, a smaller island connected to Alameda by a bridge and famous as female aviator Amelia Earhart started many of her flights from the nearby Oakland Airport.  I’m happy with the feel of this one, very fresh. Other than the tops of the grasses, which I defined a bit, almost every stroke is the first I put down.  Over-working a painting muddies it, and the color in this one is fresh because I really pushed it and I didn’t mix other colors on top of the original strokes.
I’m happy to get one of three expected for the show out of the way.  I think tomorrow I’ll paint a Victorian home/garden, which is somewhat more typical.  Enjoy!

Bay Farm Island (Alameda) – Oil on Linen – 12×16″

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