Monday, April 22, 2013

Wall St - (Not that one, the Other one!) - Watercolor

I recently took a workshop to learn about line contour drawing and watercolor from a really good instructor - Lori Mitchell, who is a professional illustrator.  Her mother was an artist, her two sisters are artists and her daughter draws as well!   After the first day of a two day class, I ran to Warwicks and bought a small moleskin watercolor pad (4x6) and then stopped at the corner of Ivanhoe and Wall and did this sketch in about 20-25 minutes, I added the watercolor once I got home.  It was later in the day, there was beautiful color on the street, especially these shops and their awnings.

The above are some quick sketches we did in class all on the same page.  The first sketch is from a photo I took in Paris, the motorcyclist was making a fast left turn - followed by a view of San Diego bay from Shelter island, from last summer and the bottom is of my favorite golf course in Poway - Maderas, this is my favorite brother from Melbourne - Cook, teeing off from an elevated tee on a long par 5.  

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Fence Roses

I grabbed a few of the roses from my backyard while they are still blooming - these are fence roses, very floppy and deep in color which make them lots of fun to paint.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Pacific Grove - Coast Trail

This was my first painting in Monterey on Wednesday of last week, where I attended the Plein Air Convention.  It was a wonderful week, filled with dozens of faculty doing demos and key notes.  One of the highlights, and there were many, was to see and hear from John Stobart, RA, as he received a Lifetime Achievement Award.   Quite an interesting and accomplished journey he has had.  

I didn't paint again until Saturday, the entire conference went to Asilomar, where it was so beautiful but windy - below is a short video that will give you an idea of how it was blowing, and I took this video after I moved off the beach, back into the dunes!  I managed to get in a quick study but I had to literally hold onto my easel as I painted, I got blown off my feet more than once but never lost the painting.   


And here is the painting: