Old Field Point on a rainy, winter day. It was a lot of fun driving around the Three Village area, Old Field, Stony Brook and Setauket. Even with the storm, Strong's Neck, West Meadow, Crane Neck are beautiful. Lots of high tides and flooding, even on the north shore.
I was back east last week and had trouble posting using the Blogger app so there was a posting gap but not a painting gap. I kept painting every day and so I will catch you up day by day.
It was a stormy day out east last week! This is the Montauk Point Lighthouse, a beautiful beacon surrounded by beautiful grounds all of which were closed when I was there due to the flood and wind warnings.
Another break in the storms that have been coming at us every week this month, I'm not complaining because it's a good thing overall. However, I did enjoy getting out yesterday morning to paint at Liberty Station. This is the channel off the bay runs along the back of the galleries and restaurants, etc.
We had a break in the rain on Saturday where the San Diego Watercolor Society at Leo Carillo Ranch, which is a state park in Carlsbad. Keiko Tanabe, international artist did the demo and critique - what a wonderful treat.
Happy Friday the 13th! A little Pen and Ink sketch today.
Rainy days, took a photo while driving home. I leave the camera on the dash and just click away while driving. Sometimes I don't get anything because I can't look away from the road, but sometimes I get a useful reference photo.
It's raining again in San Diego (and I love it), so I decided to try my hand at a snow scene. This is from the east end of Long Island, using a photo sent by good friend that she took from her front yard. The street is in there somewhere.
Beautiful Sunset over San Diego 'Big Bay'. These are a few of the ships in the Maritime Museum which I tried to capture as the sun was setting, I had about an hour left of the day, sometimes the less time one has, the less fussing one can do.
Happy New Year! Welcome to 2017 and all of it's possibilities. I started the year off at the beach, painting this historic and beautiful hotel. It was a brisk morning, around 55 degrees but the skies were so bright with the sun bursting through after the storm, it was a delicious morning to paint.
I'm doing a 31/31 painting challenge for the month of January, I'll be painting everyday and making them available at discount prices: the daily painting will be available and can be found at KatharineEngh.com. The prices plus tax and shipping are as follows: $200 (large), $150 (Medium) and $100 (Small), all paintings include a gallery quality double mat. I hope you check out my online gallery to see the entire selection.
I painted at Balboa Park this weekend with the San Diego Watercolor Society. I never painted in this part of the park, there are a few old adobe buildings - this one is the Balboa Park Club building, they have puppet shows here.
I painted at the Park on Labor Day, it was a beautiful morning and I was able to finish up just before the buskers and crowds got into full swing. There is so much to paint there, I look forward to doing a series in the near future.
The little red trolley of San Diego - this is a painting of the trolley at the Santa Fe station, downtown San Diego. The train station itself is just beautiful, and it's just wonderful how the sun bounces off the buildings. The big bay is just two blocks to the right.
Ahhh - Ireland. When it's a fine day, it's a very fine day. This was the 2nd painting I did of the Donovan's farm, a working farm in the north of Wexford County. The first painting was rained on, and then the sun broke for a bit. After lunch I went into another field where the cows joined me in chorus, a group of about twenty on the other side of a gate but only 20 inches from my easel, cheering me on with their mooing and chewing and snorting.
When I got to Ireland I met up with my friends at Hook Head in south Wexford County. It was cloudy when I started, and it turned to mist very quickly. (And of course after I finished the sun broke out and it turned into a beautiful evening by the Irish Sea). Hook Head is the oldest functioning, active lighthouse - in all of Ireland and maybe the world.
Old Town Stavenger - Late evening sun hitting the old town. One of the oldest wooden structure towns still serving as a community. Watercolor (10x14)
From my sketchbook. I had taken the ferry around the Oslo Fjord and did a little island hopping. I got off at Hovedoya where there is a ruins of a monastery and a small marina. On the dock, waiting for the next ferry to pick me up to take me back to Oslo, I was able to get a very good view of the fortress.
Stavenger is the oil 'Capitol' of Norway. This is the restored area in center city called Old Town, small cottages from the 18th and 19th century overlooking the harbor. While I was there I took a watercolor workshop with the local watercolor group, many of whom had worked on oil rigs in the North Sea in administrative jobs. Very interesting history in this city, the 4th largest in Norway.
One from my recent travels through Norway. This is from the Oslo Fjord, from a photo I took from one of the many ferries I would take while in Norway. A beautiful country, a wonderful blend of the ancient and the modern - all set in a majestic background.
Here I am at a waterfall in Flam which was halfway up the mountain. I had no idea what I had gotten myself into until I was well into the hike. A few feet closer to the falls and the mist and spray from the powerful falls was very refreshing. I'm just smiling because I made it!
I have been waiting years to get a good tripod and this weekend I found the right one, and I splurged. Below is my first outing with it - plein air painting at Seaport Village. These are commercial fishing boats docked in San Diego Harbor.
Winter at Lake Hodges. I painted this from a study that I started at the lake but the rain came in so I had to pack up. I used to stick it out when I painted in oil but it's almost impossible with watercolor because nothing dries and everything runs. I'm more comfortable with a little more control that that. ;)
A few sketches from this week. The San Diego Urban sketchers went up to San Juan Capistrano and painted on Los Rios which is across the tracks.