Saturday, February 23, 2013

Balboa Park

It was a beautiful day in Balboa Park today.  The poppies and other flowers are in bloom!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Heritage Park - Dogwood

The Plein air group met at Heritage Park in Old Town yesterday.  It was a beautiful day, and the dogwoods are in bloom.  At least I think this is a dogwood.  This park is a collection of historical Colonial andVictorian homes that have been moved here.  Many of the folks that lived in these homes were part of founding the city of San Diego.  Among all of the houses in this park, I felt like this tree had to be painted above all else.  Perhaps it is the transience that is compelling.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Ambassador

I had the opportunity to attend the ProAm at Pebble Beach last week and it was quite amazing.  The course is so beautiful, I couldn't believe my eyes.  I am quite familiar with the Monterey-Carmel area but I have never been on the golf course before last weekend.  This is a view from the 9th hole over to the tee box on the eighth.   So many of the holes are along the water - and of course there is the 18th where Michelson put one in the shot, on both Saturday and Sunday.  As a painter, I was thrilled that the ambassadors were all in red and white.  I called them the Red Jackets.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

A View from Kate Sessions Park

Yesterday was a very warm and beautiful day, even in La Jolla.  I was painting with the San Diego Plein Air Painters at Kate Sessions Park in the morning, in the Mt Soledad area, kind of close to my very favorite French restaurant and bakery - the French Gourmet.  This view is overlooking Mission Bay.  

I've been cleaning out my studio - stacking up the keepers and the 'others'.  I now have an entirely new inventory of canvases to be painted over, about 30 or so in addition to the brand new canvases and wood panels that Santa gave to me.  I also just ordered some new paint and brushes, both from England.  If you are a painter, no doubt you know the brands.  Can't wait!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Evening Flowers

When I started this painting I had a very specific idea, it was really about the light and the angle in which the light fell over the composition, the way it moved through the still life.  I made a lot of changes along the way - it was as if I was fighting the painting to keep it on track.  I used to paint the background early in the painting and be done with it, but now I find that I revisit the background sometimes many times before I'm satisfied with it - I'm trying to make it support the overall impression I'm going for.  I happy with this outcome, however I don't know if I got what I was going for exactly.   I am finding more and more patience with my process, a little less determined to finish, more interested in reaching the goal I set for the painting even if it requires rework.

Friday, February 1, 2013

An Odd Pearing

It has been a cold week in San Diego, a good time to paint a still life or two.  The red ground is very strong here, not sure I got the balance I was after with the blue stoneware vase in the center and the copper pot to the right.  The painting started with a much lighter background color, but it was losing the fight against the foreground.   And since I didn't want to kick the foreground back, I had to give more weight to the back.