Sunday, January 27, 2013

Afternoon Flowers

This is the second painting I did yesterday in the workshop.  The first was a macro view, this one much more of a micro view.  I used the palette knife in this painting and found that it is a very effective tool to use when painting flowers.  Using it magically brought out the edges.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Morning Flowers

I did a one day workshop with Stephanie Goldman today in La Jolla.  It was so much fun, this was the painting from the morning.  I very much enjoy painting flowers - so much so that I bought a bouquet on the way home.  If the weather is more of the same, I may be painting them in the morning instead of going to the golf tournament at Torrey Pines!  

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Morning Calm

It was an absolutely beautiful morning at Coronado.  This was painted from the Tidelands Park which is located on the east side of Coronado, facing downtown San Diego.  The composition is a south view, toward Mexico, with the city across the bay to the left.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Study in Shadows

It was a chilly morning in Carlsbad, but at least it was sunny.  Both the San Diego Plein Air Painters and the California Art Club were painting at Leo Carillo Ranch.  It's a Peafowl farm, beautiful peacocks saunter all around the ranch.  This is the side of their stables, and most of the morning there was a peacock perched on the ledge of the half door.  I didn't put one in the painting, but I might still.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Flowers and Pears

Flowers and pears.  It has been a cold week here in San Diego, very wintery - relatively speaking.  In the studio and practicing with composition - this one started with only 2 pears, a different bowl in the back and a much different fore and background color scheme.   As I started to paint I modified the composition and feel like I ended up in a better place. I finally just put the brush down when I got the 'impression' I was looking for.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Tide Pools at Cabrillo Point

It was a beautiful morning at the Tide Pools at Cabrillo Point.  A crispy, cold morning but the sun was bright.  Still working on water and fortunate enough to have a lot around for practice in San Diego.  I haven't touched this up at all, but I can see where it might want a bit more work.  But I think I caught the color keys that aren't picked up by the camera so I can use this as a study for a larger painting.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Water Studies - Fill in the Blanks

Above is a quick study from a reference photo of State Beach, San Clemente at sunset.  I want to focus on water studies, so I took canvas board, 16 x 20 (below) and divided it into quarters.  I then went ahead and drew in the basic contour of the 4 studies I plan to do.  With 4 paintings basically started, I have a set up to step into which will quickly carry me into the practice.  

I heard something the other day about the difference between learning processes in Japan and the US.  In the US, teachers call the best students to the front of the room to share their work on the board.  In Japan, the teachers call on the students struggling with a problem to share.  It is expected that failure will happen and is an important part of learning.  When learning how to play the game "Go" in Japan, the novice is told by the experienced opponent, hurry up and lose your 50 games so we can play.  And so with my water studies, I'm trying to hurry up and 'lose' 50 paintings (or 500 - who knows?).  Failure is learning. 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Inside Job

Practicing with the composition options in the studio.  I started the painting with the pear to the far left, no cloth, tangerine or palette knife.  As I was painting I realized I needed to make some changes, and although I'm not entirely satisfied, I am satisfied that it is a better composition here than where it started.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year - 2013

Morning on Neptune.  The first day of the year and a wonderful way to start it by painting.  We have been getting quite a few storms, consecutively, so I was not sure about the prospects of doing any plein air painting today.  Turns out it was much warmer at the beach this morning than in my neck of the woods.