Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Floral Splash!

I grabbed a bunch of flowers yesterday and tried to do a painting today that was loose and expressive.  Hoping I got near the mark!  Watercolor on Arches Paper, 14x20. 
Available @ KatharineEngh.com

Monday, September 12, 2016

Fleet Week!

It was Fleet Week in San Diego so there were quite a few big ships in the harbor.  This was at the B St Pier.  I caught it when the sun was setting and the marine layer was coming in.  
9 x 12, available.  

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Adobe! Adobe!

I painted at Balboa Park this weekend with the San Diego Watercolor Society.  I never painted in this part of the park, there are a few old adobe buildings - this one is the Balboa Park Club building, they have puppet shows here.  
10 x 14, on arches. Available. 

Friday, September 9, 2016


I got a block of Saunders watercolor paper yesterday,  picked up a bunch of daisies and this is my first experiment with the paper.  I think I like it. 
Palette: Colbalt blue, aureolin yellow, viridian green, ochre, colbalt teal.  

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Queen of Balboa Park - The Arboretum

I painted at the Park on Labor Day, it was a beautiful morning and I was able to finish up just before the buskers and crowds got into full swing.  There is so much to paint there, I look forward to doing a series in the near future.
Watercolor, 14x20
Available at KatharineEngh.com 

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Little Red Trolley

The little red trolley of San Diego - this is a painting of the trolley at the Santa Fe station, downtown San Diego.  The train station itself is just beautiful, and it's just wonderful how the sun bounces off the buildings.  The big bay is just two blocks to the right.
14x20, Arches Paper
Available for Sale: KatharineEngh.com 

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Morning Along the Cliffs

Painted along the Sunset Cliffs this morning with the San Diego Plein Air Painters.   What a beautiful morning to paint next to the Pacific.  The sun started to break out just as I was finishing up.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Sunset on the Bay

San Diego Bay at Sunset.  
We've been getting some beautiful evening colors in these dog days of summer.  (7x10)

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Among the Shadows

Painted in Stavenger, Norway with the Indigo Watercolor Group.  I very much enjoyed painting with them, it was a wonderful experience with a wonderful group of people.

Sweet Irish Summer

Ahhh - Ireland.  When it's a fine day, it's a very fine day.  This was the 2nd painting I did of the Donovan's farm, a working farm in the north of Wexford County.  The first painting was rained on, and then the sun broke for a bit.  After lunch I went into another field where the cows joined me in chorus, a group of about twenty on the other side of a gate but only 20 inches from my easel,  cheering me on with their mooing and chewing and snorting.  

Misty Hook

When I got to Ireland I met up with my friends at Hook Head in south Wexford County.  It was cloudy when I started, and it turned to mist very quickly.  (And of course after I finished the sun broke out and it turned into a beautiful evening by the Irish Sea).  Hook Head is the oldest functioning, active lighthouse - in all of Ireland and maybe the world.

Old Town Stavenger - II

Old Town Stavenger - Late evening sun hitting the old town. One of the oldest wooden structure towns still serving as a community.   Watercolor (10x14)

From my sketchbook.  I had taken the ferry around the Oslo Fjord and did a little island hopping.  I got off at Hovedoya where there is a ruins of a monastery and a small marina.  On the dock, waiting for the next ferry to pick me up to take me back to Oslo, I was able to get a very good view of the fortress. 

Monday, August 8, 2016

Old Town, Stavenger, Norway

Stavenger is the oil 'Capitol' of Norway.  This is the restored area in center city called Old Town, small cottages from the 18th and 19th century overlooking the harbor. While I was there I took a watercolor workshop with the local watercolor group, many of whom had worked on oil rigs in the North Sea in administrative jobs.  Very interesting history in this city, the 4th largest in Norway. 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Land of the Midnight Sun


One from my recent travels through Norway. This is from the Oslo Fjord, from a photo I took from one of the many ferries I would take while in Norway. A beautiful country, a wonderful blend of the ancient and the modern - all set in a majestic background.  

Here I am at a waterfall in Flam which was halfway up the mountain. I had no idea what I had gotten myself into until I was well into the hike.  A few feet closer to the falls and the mist and spray from the powerful falls was very refreshing.  I'm just smiling because I made it!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

San Diego Sunset

Sunset on San Diego Bay.  My aim was to capture the sun's light through the clouds and fog and its reflection on the water.  

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Gaslamp District- San Diego

The San Diego Urban Sketchers had a weekday evening meetup on Tuesday downtown in the Gaslamp district- not a big turn out but for those of us that showed it was fun!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Tuna Boats at Seaport Village

I have been waiting years to get a good tripod and this weekend I found the right one, and I splurged.  Below is my first outing with it - plein air painting at Seaport Village.  These are commercial fishing boats docked in San Diego Harbor.  

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Lake Hodges

Winter at Lake Hodges.  I painted this from a study that I started at the lake but the rain came in so I had to pack up. I used to stick it out when I painted in oil but it's almost impossible with watercolor  because nothing dries and everything runs.  I'm more comfortable with a little more control that that.  ;) 
A few sketches from this week. The San Diego Urban sketchers went up to San Juan Capistrano and painted on Los Rios which is across the tracks. 
Another from SJC; the train station. 
One more from the 'before breakfast file'

Monday, January 18, 2016

On Location

Another (small) painting from the Clydesdale Ranch in Lakeside. A fellow painter was nearby and the sun was hitting the umbrella with such vibrancy. 

Sunday, January 17, 2016

At the Ranch

Painted with the San Diego Urban Sketchers at a ranch in Lakeside, not just a ranch, more like a living/functional historical site.  This building (I think) is one of the original buildings on the 12 acre ranch.  It was a beautiful place to paint and sketch- we will be returning soon I hope. 

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Old Poway Park

The first paint out of the year with the San Diego Watercolor Society and it was local - Old Poway Park.  It had been storming for 2 weeks straight but luckily we got a break.

And some sketches from the week. 

Stony Brook Village - Hercules

I was back in my home town in late December and caught this beautiful sunset across from the Stony Brook Post Office in the Village.  This is the statue of Hercules at sunset. 

And a sketch from the week.