Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Quiet Alleyway in Davis

The older section of my town, Davis, has alleyways that are very different charm than the streets of Davis. I am not sure what they have for a mailing address but the residences are typically small without a garage. There are power lines and they have trash pickup. It must be a tight squeeze for the trucks, especially if a car is parked. As you can see in my painting of this alleyway, it has deep ruts which collect big puddles of water, now that the rains are here. In the early morning the sun lights up one side and creates wonderful shadows. When I wander around town looking for something to paint, I am drawn to the alleys.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Cold Alley in Oak Park

Our group "Urban Landscapers" rose to the occasion this morning. It was below freezing but all showed at the coffee house in Oak Park and we were off painting. Of course, it was important to find a sunny spot for both the painter and subject. We only went around the corner and found a great alley with the sun casting shadows from one side. Perfect. We all settled right there and did our thing.I didn't realize that I had my sunglasses on and the painting was done in a high key as a result.