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.   

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.