Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Figure Drawing

I dropped in at a Figure Drawing session at "Monday Night Life Drawing" at the Museum of the Living Artist in Balboa Park.  I do NOT have a drawing background, never took fine arts in highschool or college, I draw only to paint.  Which made this such fun!  The evening starts with 1 minute poses, there were 10 of these.  Followed by four 5 minute poses, then 2 ten minutes, which I have posted here.  I had to leave before the 20 minute poses but I will be back.  

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Birdrock at Low Tide

My setup this morning was in the stairwell down to the beach.  I perched my easel on the cement railing on a landing before the last set of steps down to the water.  The beach below had no beach, no level ground - just large rocks making setup there impossible.  This is Birdrock, the area is named for it.  It is just south of Windansea, two of my most favorite spots in the world.  I grabbed a cup of coffee from Birdrock Coffee Roasters and one of their fresh croissants from the French Gourmet, the sun was out and so were the birds.  There were several birds sunbathing on the rock but I didn't put them in this painting. Perhaps next time.  After I painted, I went south a few blocks for a dip in the ocean.  The water was divine, the warmest I can recall in years.  Oh - I changed the poem on my blog, I recently came across the lyrics which were written by a Norwegian from Minnesota, and I found such a connection. 

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Overcast at Windansea Beach

Beautiful day at the beach, a bit overcast but the weather was lovely.  The tide was coming in but I could still catch the rocks and all the action going on there.  This beach is a bit south of the cove.  The plein air group was painting closer to La Jolla cove today, however I didn't find them, they were somewhere off Coast Blvd, and I landed south from there, off Neptune.  I found this spot while I was winding my way north from Bird Rock.  Early this morning I dropped my daughter at the airport to make her return to school on the east coast, then I went to get a croissant, the best croissant in San Diego at the French Gourmet on Turquoise.  As luck would have it, French Gourmet was not open yet so I headed north to Bird Rock to grab a coffee at Bird Rock Coffee Roasters.  While I was there the French Gourmet delivery truck pulled up with fresh croissants!  Merci!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Ebey's Landing - Whidbey Island

Ebey's Landing on Whidbey Island.  This painting is from reference, from my recent trip to Washington.  I traveled along through Whidbey Island, where there are two art schools (very impressive for such a sparsely populated area).  I stopped along the way several times to take photos, grab coffee and visit a gallery or two.  This house is actually facing Puget Sound, which is behind me.  A beautiful beach with lots and lots of bleached driftwood and a few fishermen at the shoreline.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Midday Sun Splash

I did two paintings yesterday at Sunset Cliffs, this is the second painting, done around 11 or so, when the midday sun was very strong.  There are a few changes I would like to make but it will do for now!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

A Big Splash - Sunset Cliffs

The San Diego Plein Air Painters were painting at Sunset Cliffs today.  I got there early and finished two paintings.  It was a gorgeous day at the beach, the only place to be on such a hot day.  

I'm attending a workshop at the end of the month in Carmel (!), and the instructor, Lori Putnam, recommended a palette, as is usually the case.  And I find that I get the most from workshops if I use the same materials as the instructors.  Instructors will usually talk about why they use the materials they do, the palette they work with and other materials and it's really good to see what other artists use.  All of the instructors of the workshops I have attended use a limited palettes themselves or recommend a limited palette for workshops so purchasing the paint is not a huge investment.  Lori Putnam uses Blue Ridge Oils out of Asheville NC,  oils made by hand.  I got my order, unpacked the box to find each tube with a hand written label, at that point I was intrigued. I broke them out today at the beach and LOVE them, they are very buttery. And as we all know, every thing is better with butter!  I also really like the palette - it is Ultramarine Blue, Pyrol Red (never heard of this), Warm Rose (didn't try it yet), Indian Yellow (like Cad Yellow Deep), Cad Yellow Medium, and Thalo Turqoise (new to me but love it), there is no Alizaron Crimson which has always been a staple but I did just fine without it!  

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

On a Wild Snowgoose Chase

My Cousin, Cindy, and I left Anacortes on our way down to Bothell via Fir Island.  We were on a quest to find Snowgoose Produce, a local produce stand that purportedly has the best ice cream and yes, very good produce.  I really, really, wanted one of the cones which are served in freshly bakes waffle cones, with a softball size scoop of ice cream on top.  But alas, I didn't go for it - this time.  Instead we picked up some local Dungeness crab and corn on the cob for a BBQ later in the evening.  Back to the painting above, this is one of the farms in the valley, a spot we pulled over to turn around (again and again) before we finally found Fir Island and Snowgoose Produce.  Well worth the trip!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Whidbey Island - Greenbank Barn

I worked in the bushes to the right of the barn or house, whatever it may be - and added dimension in the foreground then worked on the tree line in the background.  I plan to put it aside for a few days to see if I need to work on some bits here and there.  

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Whidbey Island Farmhouse

The above picture is the start of a sketch from my trip through Whidbey Island.  I was driving on the 20/525 through Greenbank and had to pull over to take this photo.  I'm still working on this but have gotten it blocked in below.  So if you are driving through Greenbank to Langley, stop at Timbuktu - great cafe with tantalizing morsels and great coffee and great vistas.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Salmon-chanted Evening - Sammamish Slough

This is such a beautiful little spot in the town of Bothell, north of Seattle, it's down the street from my cousin's place.  There is a kayak hut on the shore to the left, where I rented a kayak and paddled down the river after I painted one afternoon.