Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Foggy Torrey Pines Morning

Foggy morning - just as the light was coming up.  I recently read an article by an artist about how to find wonderful compositions to paint in plein air.  The artist recommended all the standard tips and also suggested turning around because you never know what's behind you.  I was hiking at the reserve and I thought the entire area was too fogged in to snap any photos (I didn't have my gear with me) but then I turned around and there was this view.  I didn't have my camera either so I had to take a photo with my cell phone. I am still working on this one. 

Monday, November 26, 2012

A Pair of Pears

Layin' down on the job.  These pears should ripen into a nice warm color in a few days.  Love that this is pomegranate season now.  Cool days and evenings for the most part.  But not as cool as Minneapolis, where it is 12 degrees tonight, yes that's farenheit.  I love living in San Diego!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Fall Persimmons

It was too foggy in the morning to paint at the beach - I was hoping that it would burn off and warm up but no luck.   So I shopped for some fruit and came back home to paint a still life.  I love persimmons, they have a lot of personality and such rich color.  And so it's Sunday - back to work tomorrow, the beginning of the end of November, which means I need to start planning the whole Christmas decoration scheme and think about what to cook, bake and eat during the holidays!  Right, off to the gym in the morning.    

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Morning Stroll at La Jolla Shores

Ahhhh.  Quick sketch today of La Jolla Shores and the Scripps Pier, just returned from a trip spent with family for Thanksgiving.  Lots and lots of laughter, mixed in with a spattering of passionate debate around politics, religion and money.   And we all know how much fun that is, especially when there are political polar opposites participating in the debate.  What's that old saying about topics not fit for the dinner table?  My family didn't get the memo.  But all in good fun, no blood was drawn, dinner was fabulous, and feisty spades tournaments proceeded with gusto.   The most wonderful part of the holiday was the new baby girl to ooh and aah over, to dote and coo over, and the stunningly bright and beautiful older sister (10 yr old), who is in her own right a budding artist and baseball player.  And of course seeing my beautiful niece and her 'honey buns' (Husband)!

Sunday, November 18, 2012


It's that time of year again where the days are shorter, fewer hours to paint in plein air.  Time to start painting still life compositions so I can continue to paint from real life as frequently as possible.  I've been painting outside so much this year, it will be interesting to see if it has changed my studio painting, theoretically is supposed to be a positive influence.  I find that it is easier for me to use more paint when I paint still life compositions.  The studio composition is more controlled, and so there is more comfort and playfulness, fewer composition challenges and environmental elements not under one's control.    

Monday, November 12, 2012

Sometimes You Ride the Wave, Sometimes the Wave Rides You

Overworking the work again!  This is from the beach at Del Mar and should have been left alone much earlier than I finally did! Oh Well, another opportunity to learn that lesson.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Morning at Del Mar

I started this painting on site and brought it back to the studio for some finishing touches, which is alway a challenge and not necessarily always a good idea.  I wanted to work on the cliffs in shadow, bring out some of the warmth in the shadows but also keep the cool early morning shadows.  I finally put the paintbrush down long after I should have but if learning is the point, it was a very successful exercise!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Sonoma on my Easel

Getting some paintings ready for the C-Note at the Museum of the Living Artist in Balboa Park.  The last day to enter is tomorrow! Nothing like getting them in under the wire...  I have four paintings, from different places I traveled to this year.  The above from Sonoma, another from the Setauket Mill Pond on Long Island, one from Boston and one from Cambria, California.  

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Saturday, November 3, 2012

The California Tower

This is the California Tower, or almost all of it, in Balboa Park with the Old Globe peaking out from behind it.  It was a beautiful, sunny afternoon in the park - this was the 2nd of two paintings.  I am learning to pack lighter when painting in plein air. After taking a workshop from Lori Putman in Carmel, I started using lighter canvas panels and loading up my palette with enough paint, and leaving the tubes behind (I do bring my tube of white).  I had to replace my umbrella, the last one broke and the new one is probably a lb heavier but has a longer reach and can adjust 360 degrees.  Now if I could just reduce the number of brushes I pack!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Balboa Park

Time to get back to painting!  This is from Balboa Park, warm, sunny day in the park - it was nice to paint in the shade next to the promenade.  This view is looking east, with the fountain out to the left.