Saturday, May 31, 2014

Gone Swimming

San Clemente Beach - Last weekend the sun was shining bright, the beach filled up around noon and I caught this simple but bold umbrella just next to the pier.  The family was already playing in the water.  

Monday, May 26, 2014

Petaluma Feed Bin

I did this in Petaluma recently.  It was a beautiful May morning and the sun was shining.  I had seen this building from the road as I drove into town but wasn't sure how to get to it or what it was.   Apparently it is one of the old buildings that used to be part of the dairy and feed mill business that is in Petaluma, north of San Francisco about an hour.  The diary and main feed mill are still open, this particular building has become part of retail outfit on Main Street.  

Monday, May 5, 2014

Sunrise at Lover's Point, Pacific Grove

I did this painting three times and decided the first was best, (interesting how that works).  But not a wasted effort at all - I learned something each time I painted it; for example, I liked the sky in the 3rd one, but this painting is not about the sky at all, it's about the sunrise. 

It was the first day of the Plein Air Convention in Monterey - and as it turned out, the only morning without fog.  This park (Lover's Point - Pacific Grove) was just across the street from my hotel room, and I knew I only had a few minutes to capture it so I jumped up, grabbed my camera, and ran across the street (without coffee!) - and as it was the photo didn't convey the colors one could see with the naked eye - so I've had fun interpreting that.  I could paint this a thousand times and not be bored with it!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Japanese Dancers and Laguna Beach

Last week the Urban Sketchers went to a flower festival, or Hanamatsuri in Vista, a celebration of the Buddha's birthday.  There were traditional Japanese dancers from the age of 4 to 75 in addition to other entertainment.  This is one of the 5 year olds in full dress, made up with white face and a beautiful kimono.   

This past weekend I painted with the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, (LPAPA).  It's a very active group, shows, paint outs, demo's and workshops all year long.  It was a hot day and very clear from the early morning on.  The event was the Annual Laguna Garden Tour.  We painted in a lovely garden overlooking the ocean, Crescent Bay, Laguna Beach.  

On the way back to San Diego I stopped at San Juan Capistrano, I found a spot in the shade in the inner courtyard and started to paint, it was late in the afternoon around 4.30, the golden hour.  The warmth and angle of the sun made for a wonderful set up.   I will paint this one again using this as a reference but I'm OK with the temperature changes between the shade vs sun, and even though I will make some adjustments this captured the brightness of the afternoon.
A last note:  I'm not Catholic, but spending time in this beautiful setting, where many before me dedicated their lives to spirituality - well I guess I was affected and the kind of elevated energy I felt was welcomed.   p.s. I found about 1/2 dozen swallow's nests!  I had a couple at my own house for a few years so it was fun to see them lodged under the old eaves here.