Wednesday, September 26, 2012


I was able to catch this wave in my camera the other day at Windansea Beach in La Jolla while I was painting.  It was such a beautiful afternoon. It started out as an overcast day, then the sun broke through - and I didn't have my umbrella up to shield my setup, so I started chasing a painting - I didn't stick to the value sketch I did at the beginning, and I had my palette in direct sun so I started using colors and values that - well who knows what I was doing - I couldn't see!  Couldn't see the value on the canvas, couldn't see for the reflections on the palette.   But I thought, hunky-dory, this will be great!!!  It was almost a good thing that the one I painted in plein air flipped onto the dirt patch where I was, because when I got home and looked at it - what a mess I had made of it.   The dirt and pebbles that were stuck to the surface didn't really ruin anything, quite the opposite.  All said and done, I moved on to paint this from reference, and in the process learned something about crashing waves.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

"Wild" Morning at San Elijo Lagoon

The Plein Air group painted at the San Elijo Lagoon this morning, and what a beautiful location, there is so much to paint.  There is foundation now and a Parks and Rec building with a guide (no sign of Amy Poehler).  There are tours by volunteer docents and wild life scavenger hunts for kids.  A lot of progress since I lived up the street in the early 80's.

And this morning was full of wild life.  A young Osprey was right across this creek from where I set up.  Its mother circled above at one point, high in the sky while the young one chirped to get her attention but the mother went on her way.  Then of course, there were the jumping fish.  What fun that was to watch, and then I was able to catch the landing of an egret.   See the video below for all the action.  (Bear with me on the wobblies, my little camera, I agree, could zoom with more grace).

The audio is a song that came to mind when seeing the Osprey.  p.s I apologize for that first frame, didn't realize what was going on or I  would have given the bird some privacy.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Late Afternoon Round at Pacific Grove

It was late in the day, and a bit overcast at Pacific Grove.  This is the municipal golf course just south of Monterey, and this hole is right next to the lighthouse with the ocean behind me.   The road winds around the coast here, so that the lighthouse is also facing toward the Pacific.  It is such a beautiful scenic area, Monterey, Pacific Grove and Carmel.  And this such a beautiful golf course.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Under Cover at the Beach - Torrey Pines

It was another hot and sunny day, the only place to be was at the beach.  This beach is just north of the golf course at Torrey Pines, just south of Del Mar.  One of my most favorite beaches. 

Below is a short video of the beach that was taken before I started painting.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Setauket Mill Pond - Red Barn

I did a study of this barn in the Reboli Wet Paint event this spring, which was sponsored by Gallery North.  I have wanted to get back to it, do a larger version of it using the study.  This was, I recall, the only sunny day of the 3 day event, it was a cold and rainy week!  But it was fun and I got a lot of reference material.  

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Dog Days at Sunset Cliffs

What a morning, I think it was near 80 degrees at the beach by 9 this morning.  It was hot and sunny - not too windy so I setup on one of the rocks or 'cliffs'.  I am trying something new here on my blog, when I can do so (and remember to do so) I will add a very short video taken on location so you can get a feeling for the setting.  I hope you enjoy it - and of course your comments are welcomed!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Sunflowers and Marigolds - Earthbound Farms, Carmel

It was a chilly, overcast day in Carmel.  Day one of the recent workshop I took with Lori Putman last week.  This is the 2nd painting/study of the day, of the garden.  Sunflowers and marigolds, and as I was painting one of the men who worked the fields was ripping up the marigolds so I painted fast!