Thursday, October 5, 2017

Painting the Davis Arboretum

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

Atop Berryessa

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

Loading and Unloading at the Airport

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.

Monday, September 11, 2017

The Last Days of Summer

Lots of painting and lots of guests. That has been my summer at Cape Cod. I have not posted all of the work. Some of it unfinished but this will serve as a bookend. I bought some new brushes, mops with good points and in 3 different sizes. They will be all I need for plein air work. I learned patience in watercolor and for me that is a big change. I like to paint quickly and do a couple of paintings when out. There is much to like about slow going with repeating washes. I did this painting of 3 boats plein air and used my new brushes. It is difficult to leave Cape Cod. Had some wonderful times. My grandchildren and children visited. We shared some tasty meals with all the fresh fish available here. I never slept so well. See you next summer.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Morning Fog at Saquatucket

I've been trying different approaches in painting fog. This is a typical morning scene here on Cape Cod. The fog is there and burns off. These are structures with certain dimensions so have to be shown in different values. The distant ones can have soft or disappearing edges but it is unlike painting fog in a valley or mountain. I experimented with cobalt blue and white acrylic as a wash but it still had an opaqueness. I used cobalt blue over the painting of this one. I did several washes. I had to be patient with drying since in previous trials the wash brushed away some of the painting.

Friday, August 18, 2017

HarwichPort Eatery

I painted a favorite eating place. I love George's pizza and subs. When we have our art show I slip out to George's for a grinder which is a submarine sandwich back home. They do a big business and will even deliver pizza to the beach. I painted from across the street and talked to a lot of people while doing it. It was early, around 8:30AM but plenty of people out on a beautiful morning. The usual topics: how long does it take to paint that, do you sell your paintings, how long have you been painting, etc. I can paint and talk and enjoy it. Occasionally, I meet a fellow artist and that is always interesting.