Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Painting the Colors of Springtime in Southern California

Over the past few weeks, I have had the privilege to paint lots of colorful paintings in the surrounding area here in Southern California.  The first location was the Flower Fields of Ranunculus in Carlsbad, CA..

"Smile"  8x10 Plein Air Pastel

"Color Ride"  8x16 Plein Air Pastel

My painting buddies, Terry d Chacon and Sandy Charlebois.

On Monday afternoon, a short drive from my home, in the local mountains, is the town of Oak Glen, and the Oak Glen Preserve at Los Rios Rancho.  In springtime they have beautiful feilds of California Poppies and Lupin in bloom, also their apple blossoms are blooming.  So much to paint....

"California Poppies & Lupin" 6x14 Plein Air Pastel.

"More Poppies and Lupin" 6x15 Plein Air Pastel

Finally today was still a colorful painting day, but something quite different.  In the city of Riverside at Fairmount Park, there is a large installation of huge 6 foot tall rubber balls, floating in the lake.  There are about 300 of these colorful floating painted balls in the water.  They were all painted by Riverside elementary school students.  It was interesting to paint all the colors of these balls, and their reflections in the water.  These colorful balls will only be here for a few more weeks.  

"Floating Colors" 8x16 Plein Air Pastel.

 I must say these last few weeks have been quite a dream for this pastel painter.  It has been fun using so many different colors in the landscape, which I usually don't get a chance to do. 
 So much color to paint this spring.  Still having fun living the dream of a Plein Air Painter.  Until next time.  

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Yearly trip to Catalina Island 2017

At the end of July I traveled to beautiful Catalina Island, here in So Cal with three great friends and artist, Terry d Chacon, Joan Coffee and Nita Harper.  It is always a fun and rewarding trip to paint out of the heat of the Inland Empire this time of the year.   We have been taking this trip for over 10+ years and it never gets boring.   Here is a recap of five days in Avalon plein air painting and enjoying good friendships.  

The first stop is always Descanso Beach, after arriving in Avalon.  

This is our little golf cart that comes with the condo we rent.  Freedom to drive about town and paint wherever we choose.  Above is Joan and Nita with the cart, my pastel easyl is in front .

Alley in Avalon.  This was a different but fun morning painting in town. 

The bell tower. 

There was a special Chihuly exhibition here in the museum, was a fabulous show.

This piece was so beautiful at night, here we are the 4 amigas!!

Getting up early every morning to paint the sunrise.  Nita and i on the back of the cart. 


Until next time my friends.  

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Patrick's Point 2016

Every Summer I try to get my skills sharpened by attending a Mentorship week with master Pastel Artist, Albert Handell.  This time we painted in Northern California's beautiful park of Patrick's Point, near Trinidad, CA.  Above is a photo of part of the group painting with Albert.  As you can see, we had fog, which was the case most of the days. 

Last Painting of the week, 16x20 plein air Pastel.

These last two paintings were painted the day before the event started, in Eureka, CA.  A fun time getting warmed up with Nita Harper and Mary Ann MCGraw.

The red side on this tug boat caught my eye, this was my attempt.

It always a good week of painting with the Master and working hard at improving my skills..  Until next time.