Sunday, May 27, 2012

San Clemente Pier

I entered the Annual San Clemente Paint Out which starts June 16.  Check in is Saturday, the 16th,  where you get all of your canvases stamped.  There is a quick draw on the 16, between 12.30 and 3.30.  And then the painting continues through out the week and completes the following Saturday where you turn in your best painting.  I decided to go up today and scout out some scenes and practice.  I put this study together in about 90 minutes and I'm satisfied with what I was able to lay down in this amount of time.  I know with another hour or so I could put some detail into it that might help with the finish.  MIGHT help, it could also go the other way and become overworked very easily!  I'm very familiar with that outcome, and I'm also familiar with walking away before it's finished.   

The Grass is Always Greener

I drove east this weekend to find sunshine, the coastal area all the way to Poway was a bit overcast for most of the day.  I drove east to Lakeside through the Barona Indian Reservation to find some cattle to paint.  I finally found a spot and realized that I was not really on public property, I was on the reservation.  The owner of this small 'ranchette' where I set up my easel, stopped by to find out what I was up to and was a very friendly guy.  He and his wife were in and out of their property throughout the afternoon, passing by me a couple of times.  At one point they asked me how it was going, and it was going well, except, I pointed out, the cows had moved out of my composition!  A few minutes later I see the cows come running down the hill to the center of the field - and the owner in the distance walking back to his house!  I have no idea what he said to those cows - I can't even get my dogs to sit, imagine getting cows to listen?  Thanks for the assist, Cody! 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Iron Mountain

I wanted to get a quick sketch in before the sun went down today.  This took about an hour, started at 6.30.  This mountain is only about 10 minutes from my house, up the Poway Grade.  Love the trails here - I will be back.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Swimming Upstream

This is a view from the end of West Meadow, next to the Gamecock Cottage, looking across the creek with Sand Street beach in the background, left. 

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Del Mar - 19th Street

Mother's Day at the beach.  The process I used for this painting was to study the waves first, make a sketch on paper and then I toned the canvas with Alizarin Crimson first before blocking in.  Studying the waves was tough work - relaxing, watching, observing, I almost broke a sweat.  Toning the canvas helped set up the morning sky and the sand and complimented the color of the waves.    This could easily become a life-long obsession, waves are like snowflakes, no two are alike.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Setauket Post Office

This is a view of the old Setauket Post Office from across the pond which is still a functioning post office.  The azaleas were just gorgeous and poured into the pond.  The Three Village area is such a stunningly quaint and beautiful area about 40 or so miles east of New York on Long Island.   At noon the siren still goes off, just as it did when I was a kid.  And many of the local churches ring the bells at noon too.  An ideal town to grow up in, even in the crazy 70's!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Gamecock Cottage - West Meadow Beach

The Gamecock Cottage, a national historic landmark.  This view is from the end of West Meadow Beach looking at the cottage, with Sand Street Beach across the creek in the background.  It was an early, overcast morning and birds of all colors were waking up.  I saw pure red cadmium birds, that I assume were cardinals and some yellow/orange birds, the color of orange bell peppers.  We don't see these colors on our birds in Southern California! 

Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Red Barn

The trail leading up to the Bates House, from the Setauket Mill Pond.


Friday, May 4, 2012

Setauket Mill Pond

This is the first painting of the day which was done in the morning while it was still overcast but the rain had stopped. It was so much fun to paint at the mill pond which was one of my stomping grounds in my youth, and it was more beautiful than I remember it to be.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Poquot Village

Quick study of a house in Poquot Village on Long Island. It was an overcast drizzly and chilly afternoon but still a very pretty place to paint. For this Southern Californian , I was able to get one quick study in before I froze to death. Tomorrow starts the Joseph Reboli wet paint festival which is sponsored by Gallery North in Stony Brook. It lasts for three days and day one will be painting at the Setauket Millpond. I am just hoping for good weather.

A couple of things that I recall now but had forgotten for years is how dense the trees are here on Long Island and also how quickly the tide goes out. By the time I finished this quick study it was dead low tide.