Sunday, March 22, 2015

Swing Away!

This 8 x 10 is my first in what I hope to be several paintings from my trip to Miami.  This is from a round of golf I played at La Gorce with my brother and his golf buddy, Gene, and Gene's grandson, Zach.  Zach could swing almost all the way round his body - here he was just getting started, and already coming out of his shoes.  It was a beautiful day all around, President's day weekend, and I've finally gotten over my jet lag.  

Sunday, March 15, 2015


Good news first.  I will have two paintings in the upcoming Laguna Plein Air Painters Assoc. 9th annual show "Less is More" opening on March 28th.  It is a juried show with only 60 artists.  I'm happy that both paintings were accepted. The two I submitted are here at the following links: 

Spring! Went out to the Anza Borrego Desert this weekend because this year was reporting a good showing of wildflowers.  It was hot though, more like a summer day of 90 degrees with a warm desert wind blowing across the valley.  Below is a photo of Henderson Canyon, and if I had brought my painting umbrella I would have set up right there to paint.

I finally settled in Palm Canyon which had a nice, but warm breeze running through it where I sketched the Ocotillo above, which are in bloom all over the place (the orange flowers at the tips of the branches).  And I was kept company by these guys.


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Say Uncle

Kickin' it Anacortes style.  A charcoal sketch of my Uncle Bill wearing his cool hat and shades.  This is from a reference photo I took a couple of years ago while visiting that fair town.

Just a quick sketch to loosen up and get working on some golf sketches.  This young man, I think he is all of 12 years old, could really hit the ball.   (14 x 17)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Lemon and Silver

I love the challenge of painting surfaces which are very reflective.  Here is a silver bowl with more of my lemons.  Because I'm using lemons from my own tree, I'm able to get cuttings with branches and leaves attached.  My goal in this painting, in addition to painting the reflective qualities of the silver bowl, was to keep the background loose, painting wet into wet.  In addition to having the composition right in front of me, I also had a photo up on my Ipad - in black and white so I could check the values/tones.  I wanted to ensure I got the lightest light and the darkest dark.  As a result, I came back in  at the last and charged the left side of the bowl with a dark glaze of cobalt blue and magenta.

I did a small (5x10), quick, study of the La Gorce golf course which I had the good fortune to play as a guest of my brother's while visiting in Miami recently.  I can't recall which hole this is??? This study gives me a feel for the palette I want to use.  And it gives one an idea of the numerous sand traps on the course.  The sand; very bright, very fine.  Like a combination of snow flakes and quick sand.  It looks so very beautiful but just try getting your golf ball out, and there's the quick sand!