Thursday, December 7, 2017
It was a chilly morning and we arrived at the little known creek on County Road 27. I had been here before in the spring. Setting an easel is difficult due to a steep bank leading down to the creek. There is little water in the creek and lots of scum. I painted quickly standing on the bank. Someone was using India Ink and I thought I would try it. Hence, some very black tree trunks. Trying to lighten the ink on the paper had no success. I found it good for making branches and worked because of the back lighting on the creek. This represents a quick painting done on a cold morning while struggling to stay standing on a slope. I actually climbed out and started another one.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
A beautiful day for painting, Our plain air group gathered at the North Davis Pond which is near my house. We all arrived ready for cold since the temp dropped to 35 degrees during the night. It quickly warmed up and all of the extras soon came off. There was still some color in the trees despite the winds this week. It was a good day to be out painting. Painting is therapy as I felt so good and met many of my neighbors.
Saturday, November 4, 2017
The rain arrived overnight and the Yolo Bypass got its fix. This is a stop on the migratory bird flyway and I have painted it many times. It is quite a large area with lots of marsh and water. I gave it some large thunder head clouds and lots of color on the far hills. During my teaching this past month we painted clouds with lots of successful paintings resulting. It is interesting since we do not see many cumulous clouds in our skies.
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Our plein air group was at the Davis Arboretum this week. A beautiful day and place to paint. The trees are still green with no fall color to be found yet. Everything is well maintained in the arboretum which is on the University of California, Davis campus. I painted on 2 different days because we had some clouds on one of the days. We don't see many clouds here in Davis. Both paintings included Putah Creek which runs through the campus. It is always a challenge to mix different greens to match the values.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Our Wednesday plain air group went to Lake Berryessa Dam on a sunny warm morning. The rock formations are alluring so I settled by the roadside to paint them. It was tricky and far more difficult than I imagined. The morning sun was coming up so shadows changed rather quickly. This is always a challenge with Plain Air painting but with all the different rock edges casting shadows, it is daunting. I sketched out what I wanted to paint and put in some shadows. By the start of painting, the cast shadows changed and continued changing. Never the less, it was a good outing.
Sunday, September 24, 2017
I did this painting earlier in August but I am fascinated with the color complements I didn't do it justice with the range of color in the first attempt so i did it over today. I love the yellow against the blue and also against the violet. It is a simple composition but very effective. I also did more detail in the foreground.
Saturday, September 23, 2017
I am back in California. Where I live, it is rare to see interesting skies for painting. This is what watercolor is excellent at capturing. Recently saw a painting of an airplane with a bright cloudy sky and white airplane so decided to try painting one in a wet into wet style. It is relatively fast to do it in the studio since I use a dryer. I like the stark white of the plane contrasting with dark shadow.