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.   

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Santa Catalina Island 2016

Every year, my painting friends and I go to Catalina Island to paint in beautiful Avalon.  Because it is so hot in the mainland where I live, the weather on the island is ideal.  We also have a fun little golf cart to get around anywhere we want to go and paint.  Always a fun three days!!

My painting buddies this year are, Terry d Chacon (Center) & Joan Coffey (RT).

Our night vista from Mt. Ada.
My view looking down the Green Pier..

I always love the challenge of painting people while they walk by.  The Green Pier always has lots of people to try.  

There are always the interest of the public while painting, but this time this curious visitor was so friendly.

This was our early morning sunrise painting location.  It is always fun to see that we all look in the same direction, but the paintings are so very different.  Another fun time painting in beautiful Santa Catalina Island with good friends and beauty all around to paint.  Until next year!!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Plein Air Santa Fe (2016) - Sedona and Grand Canyon

I know I have not posted in a long time, but I have been painting.  Here are paintings I did in June in New Mexico and then in Arizona.

First I was honored once again to paint in the Santa Fe Plein Air Festival.  This is alway a great event and I get to paint in some of my favaorite locations.

This was our little casita in Santa Fe, even with a St. Francis in front!!  Was a great location and walking distance to the plaza.

 Dodging Raindrops - 8x16 Pastel - Ghost Ranch Vista .

Ghost Ranch area - 12x16 plein air pastel.

New Mexico Clouds - 9x12 Plein Air Pastel.

Clouds over Santa Fe - 12x16 plein air pastel.

Distant Ghost Ranch Vista - 8x16 plein air pastel.

Monastary Road Vista - 12x16 plein air pastel.

Wetlands - 9x12 plein air pastel.

Good by Santa Fe
Santa Fe was so much fun, and I loved sharing the time with my good friend and painting buddie, Terry d Chacon.  Cheers to Santa Fe, NM.    

After the paint out was over in Santa Fe, our other painting buddie, Nita Harper joined us and we drove to Flagstaff to stay with Terry's good friend Elaine, who was a great hostes, and came with us to Sedona and the Grand Canyon.  

Sedona & Grand Canyon

Redrock Crossing - Terry, Nita and & with the beautiful red rocks in the distant.  

Redrock Crossing Vista - 11x14 plein air pastel.

Sedona Vista - 8x20 plein air pastel.

Snoopy relaxing - 8x16 plein air pastel.

Elaine, Nita, Terry and I at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Grand Canyon morning - 11x14 plein air pastel.

Thomas Moran Inspired - 8x20 plein air pastel.

Such a great time with good friends and great painting locations.  Until next time.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

10th Borrego Springs Plein Air Invitational

On Febuary 28th to March 5 - 2016, I was honored to be one of the 15 artists to participate in the Borrego Springs Plein Air Invitational.  Because I had never been to Anza Borrego State Park, it was truly a new experience.  I was blessed with a wonderful host to stay with, and brand new landsape to experience painting.  The Borrego  Art Institute was the host for this great event, and I must say they do a wonderful job of hosting and displaying the art.  Each day we would bring in the paintings for that day, and they would hang them on our wall.  So in five days of painting, I completed 12 plein air painting that are currently on display at the Art Institute, until 3/31/16.  These are the paintings;

These are the 15 participating artists.
Here I am at my wall during the last day reception/Gala.  I was very happy to have the two red dots show up during the eveing.
8x24 Plein Air Pastel 

Cactus 6x12 - Plein Air Pastel - SOLD 

12x16 Plein Air Pastel

11x14 Plein Air Pastel

Blooming Cactus - 12x9 Plein Air Pastel -SOLD
Indian Head - 9x12 Plein Air Pastel

Center Circle Vista - 8x19 Plein Air Pastel

Desert Morning Shadows - 8x26 - 8x25 Plein Air Pastel

Rams Hill Splendor - 12x9 Plein Air Pastel

Rocks and Palo Verde - 5x7 Plein Air Pastel

Rams Hill Early Morning colors  8x10 Plein Air Pastel

After the plein air event was over, my friend Terry d Chacon came to Borrego, and we painted for another day.  We went out and found this feild that was finally in bloom.  And notice the rainbow in the sky.  I did not include the rainbow in my painting, but the morning was beautiful  Shourtly after we finished this painting, the wind kicked up and we were glad we had painted fast.  

Desert Bloom - 8x16 plein air pastel

Borrego Springs Morning Vista - 6x12 Plein Air Pastel

It was truly a fun experience participainting in my first Plein Air Invitational.  If you are anywhere in the area, the paintings are still on view, at the Borrego Art Institute, in Borrego Springs, CA until March 31, 2016.