Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sutter's Fort Sacramento

Trying to be creative in painting an image of Sutter's Fort is a challenge. As you can see from the photo, it is a block. I'm not sure how that tree got there, but probably a later addition when the place was safe. This fort was the center of the city of Sacramento. Inside there is a beehive of activity with people in period dress doing things as they were done at the time. Buses are continuously discharging groups of school children. There also were plenty of critics on hand as I painted. They are the many homeless that stay around this spot.

It was a beautiful day to paint. If I were to do it again, I would compose a contrast between the fort and the modern structures that surround it.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

China Camp Beach

It was a beautiful Wednesday afternoon for painting at China Camp State Park on San Francisco Bay. This old fishing boat is up on the sand and in a state of advanced decay. Perfect for a painting. I tried to give the roof in the back a rust appearance. There is plenty of rust and corrosion on the buildings at the beach. This is a place worth return visits, as there is plenty of material.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Fort Baker Victorian

Were these buildings, which are now used for tourists, considered 'Victorian' housing when this was a military base? Ft Baker is at the beginning of the bay around from Golden Gate Bridge. There are many wonderful places to paint, including the lighthouse under the Golden Gate. You can protect yourself from breezes or sun with all of the buildings. Fort Baker has become a popular spot for children and tourists.
This was another Sausalito outing for our group and we all found something different to paint. I wished afterward that I chose a structure with more sunlight on the front so that I could detail with the cast shadows. My original sketch had a porch on the sunny side which I changed as I was dealing with the trees and shrubs. I am partial to structure rather than vegetation. This is a vertical format.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Strawberry Stand

I have been painting this month but negligent of the blog. Last weekend, I drove by this roadside stand. I had my paints and sticks, so decided to stop and paint. I ended up with this painting and after looking at it, decided that the cars were way out of proportion. The cars came and went as I was painting and adding them was a last thought, but nothing there to size up. I brought it home and decided to redo, but with no autos.

The owner of the stand liked the painting and gave me a free box of the best strawberries. My grandkids were up and really loved them. All gone the next day.