Monday, April 30, 2012

The Magic Pail

This little boy was playing by the water on Saturday at the beach.

Location:Del Mar

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Wave Study II

19th St., Del Mar. It was overcast and very windy at the beach, wasn't nearly as warm as it was yesterday but it was beautiful nonetheless. So this is day two of doing wave studies and I have found that it's absolutely necessary to do a pencil sketch in a sketchbook first before starting a painting because the waves don't sit still for you. You have to determine which set, which waves, and get it down on paper. So once I did that then I could look at waves in the future sets while I was painting for reference.
On another note, for you Rolling Stones fans - have you ever listened to Britney Spears' version of 'Can't get no satisfaction'? It's good!

Location:Del Mar

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Waves Study 1

Beautiful day in Del Mar today. I'm learning about waves and how to look at them, what they do, how they behave and trying to capture some of that. This is a study I did at 22nd St. and I'm hoping to expand this into a larger piece when I get the time.

Location:Del Mar

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Young Woman with Phone

A portrait exercise from reference of one of my daughter's closest friends, a wonderfully gifted photographer.  BTW - found a great music station on Pandora called 'The Cuban Horns Radio', fabulous music!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Marston house flowers II

These are the flowers in the garden from a different angle.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Foggy Fisherman

It was foggy this past weekend and it seems like that weather might be favorable for fishing given how many were on the beach.  I found this guy down a ways, waist high in the waves.   

Monday, April 23, 2012

Marston House - Southeast Corner

This is my second sketch of the day at the Marston House this past Saturday.  I was positioned down-hill from the house with Highway 163 behind me.  I was looking up, at a great angle.  It was a beautiful afternoon. 

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Marston House - Flower Urn

I painted at the Marston House in San Diego with some fellow plein air painters.  The morning started with a lot of fog. But as you can see the sun broke through, and it became a beautiful sunny morning.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Morning Walk

A study from my walk this morning as the sun was coming up.  Light was coming through the trees but not high enough to light up much more.  

Thursday, April 19, 2012


What an interesting day!  For some reason I got up at 4 AM, which is a tad early even for me and decided to paint.  It was easy, no struggle at all with getting into it and it felt like such a great way to start the day.  I had a jammin' day ahead of me at work, and I usually paint when I get home but I am often very spent - so to do what I love first, what a treat it was!  I'm still working on paintings of Rancho Santa Fe, this is a painting of the lake as the sun was starting to set.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Path

I'm not saying that this is the estate in Rancho Santa Fe on which I unintentionally trespassed, I'm not.  But it is a beautiful trail. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Quick Sketch II

Quick sketch of the lake in Rancho Santa Fe.  It is quite a small lake, a reservoir which is public water, regardless it's a pretty spot. 

Sunday, April 15, 2012


I went out to dinner last night in Rancho Santa Fe and decided to go back today to paint. I drove toward the village and turned off about a half mile from the center of town and drove past beautiful farms and ranches looking for a place to pull over and set up my easel. I came upon a small lake so I pulled over to take a hike around it which was maybe two miles if one followed the horse trail That circled the lake - I was looking for a vantage point, the best angle of the sun, etc. So, what happens next is not exactly mischief or at least it didn't start out that way. The horse trail is not exactly continuous, so I followed it through creeks and woods but was getting further from the lake and more importantly my gear. So I doubled back and asked a runner how to catch the trail again, I got directions to pass the next orange grove and take the next path that appears to go through a couple of backyards. There are no signs, I guess horses don't read so I used my best judgement (hahaha) and I walked through a backyard, into a gorgeous meadow which turned into a little paradise with waterfalls, gazebos, large palm trees and beautiful bougainvillea. I took quite a few shots with my camera and headed in the general direction of the lake. So by this time I was getting hungry for breakfast and coffee, I thought I'd get a bite to eat in town before I set up to paint. So finally I see the road and mind you I'm still walking on what I thought was a horse trail, albeit a very,very, nice one, until I got to the road and found myself staring at a very large locked gate. What to do. It was too long of a walk to retrace my steps but there was a neighboring property with a chain linked fence that looked like an easy out. It wasn't that difficult to manage, although I am too old for this kind of shenanigans - but once over I realized there was one more and it had that pointy stuff on the top. I studied this fence and the possibilities. Then I saw a section where it was MOSTLY flat on the top. So I've got one leg over and ready to jump down then the other leg of my jeans gets caught in the fence and rips all the way up my calf! I guess it could have been worse and I did get back on the trail, the runner on her return trip waved as she passed, giving me a thumbs up because I had found the trail! She had no idea. At this point I decided to go home for breakfast and paint in the studio, so I did. But I will be back!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Morning Gold

The bridge over the mouth (from the Lagoon side) of Los Penasquitos Lagoon at the Torrey Pines Headlands.  Dawn had just broken and the storm clouds had moved inland.  

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Sailing on the Bay

Very quick sketch of the San Diego Bay, at the Embarcadero. Catching a sailboat meandering by.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Outstanding in Their Field

The Ramona Grasslands Preserve is about 10 miles north east of Poway and off Highland Valley Road, right by Mt Woodson Golf Course.  There are many trails, and a wooden rail fence that separates you from the cows grazing in the fields.  When I came down the trail to this point, where I set up to paint on the edge of a 20 foot wide trail, there was a cow on the trail, hanging out there with some buddies on the other side of the fence.  By the time I set up my easel they had moseyed a bit up the way. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Friends of Distinction

Grazing in the Grass was recorded by the Friends of Distinction in 1969 and became a top ten hit on the billboard.  The lyrics and upbeat music epitomize that warm weather feeling, and reminds me of endless barefoot summer days on Long Island.  It was a gorgeous morning in San Diego county this past Saturday and this cow was enjoying brunch and listening to his iPod, no doubt.

Monday, April 9, 2012

San Diego Bay

A quick study at the Embarcadero in San Diego, close to Petco Park and facing the Coronado Bay Bridge.  It was Easter morning and a nice group of people asked me to join them in their picnic - however I had to get back and finish watching the Masters. Yes, the members live in the dark ages and they need to give the CEO her green jacket already!  That said, it was one of the best Masters Tournaments in recent history - so many contenders right up to the last hole.  Go Bubba! 

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Sunset in Del Mar

The cars and RVs line up on Pacific Coast Highway to watch the sunset at the Torrey Pines headlands, just north of the golf course where the Buick Invitational is played, oops - this is now the Farmer's.  I'm painting on the cliff at the end of 4th St. in Del Mar, looking south.  It was a beautiful afternoon, evening. I finished this study in about 2 hours, trying to capture the light which became more and more rich by the time I packed up at 6:30.  

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Ramona Spring

It was a gorgeous day today - headed east to Ramona, where everything was green, green, green.  There was a strip of heather in front of me and about a dozen cows behind me.  More to come on that.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Miami Farmer's Market II

A close-up from the Pinecrest Farmer's market. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Palette Knife

I wanted to do a study using the palette knife only - it is another stormy day in San Diego, this is Torrey Pines, just north of the golf course.  

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Value Studies - Figure

I took a piece of primed linen and attached it to a sketching clipboard, and taped off four sections.  I did four quick value studies of the human form - the model is my daughter Maddie, from photos I took during the holidays in December.  I had some paint left on my palette so I mixed some grays, I tried to keep this to 3, sometimes 4 values.  It was a good exercise to do the series of quick studies to practice both the values and the figure.   

Sunday, April 1, 2012

First Bloom of Spring

The first bloom from my rose bushes.  Plenty of rain this winter - the roses will be beautiful this spring.