Sunday, March 18, 2012

Te Brewster General Store

Oops, another VW bus painting.  I started doing VW bus paintings many years ago when my daughter requested one.  She was a student where there were lots of them still going and had fond memories.  Sketches were easy then because there were plenty around. I put them in paintings at that time, but just remembered them recently, when I sold a painting of Mendocino with a VW bus. Three people wanted the same painting.  All of them said it was the bus.  Driving those buses was work and the ride was enough to induce the 'shaken baby syndrome'. 
The Brewster General Store is an icon for the town of Brewster on Cape Cod.  It is draped in patriotic bunting and there are always kids with ice cream.  It is a favorite family stop.

Friday, March 16, 2012

George's Pizza

They do make great pizza here and the people line up in the restaurant to take home their favorites.  I also loved painting this old VW Bus.  It's the one with all the windows (21 total) and every so often you see one.  It is classic.  I remember driving one and fighting the wind.  It was full-time work operating one of these. 
The Harwich Port Main St. is one of my favorite places on Cape Cod to set up and paint.  All of these are among my favorite things.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Blue Oak Farm Vista

It was a sunny morning with a frosty biting wind.  I find wind the most difficult condition for plein air painting.  I found a large tree to stand beside and looked out on this fantastic vista.  Planted fields had different colors.  The lush greens of the trees and grasses were unreal.  You could see all the way to the Sierra Mountains in the distance.  (Wind does clear the air.)
Because of the weight created by the tree on the right side of the painting, I needed something for informal balance in the composition.  I painted telephone poles and lines for this.  By the end I was shivering and this only added to my brush strokes. 

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Black Diamond Mines

 I painted on a beautiful afternoon at the Black Diamond Mines in Antioch, CA.  Who would believe that coal was mined right outside the Bay Area.  It was a grand day weather wise and the hills were quite impressive.  There were lots of visitors to the park so the parking lot was full.  I got lost finding the park so set up my easel at the edge of the parking lot and hurried to catch up.  My painting at the end of the day was not finished so I took it home and finished it later.  This is unusual for me as most of my work is completed on site.