Thursday, January 22, 2015

Studies on Perspective

Have participated in a wonderful course on perspective. The teacher handles this rather boring and toxic subject with humor and challenges. It prompted a flurry of painting this week. These are the paintings and use of perspective. I was not as concerned with subject and used a wet into wet approach for many of them.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

An Alleyway in Davis

Last week our Davis Plein Air Painting Group visited the alleys that are found in the older section of our town. For some, it was a first time discovery. The morning was bright and sunny with the sunlight shadowing one side of the alley and casting long shadows. We did a sketch crawl through several of the alleys and ended up with pictures done with pen and ink, colored pencil, watercolor pencil and watercolor painting. This was from one of my sketches that I liked. We all promised to revisit the alleys and find new ones. It was a good outing.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Foggy Day on Putah Creek

It does get cold in Northern CA. We had fog the last few days that eventually burns off but this day it lasted all morning while painting. It was cold so a quick painting was done in about 2 hours. One problem was that nothing would dry after I soaked my 140lb Arches paper. I waited and I waved it and when I could not wait longer, I kept painting. It might have been just right, as things were fuzzy and thinly painted. When I got it home, I was surprised at how true it was to the kind of day.