How exciting to be awarded an Honorable Mention by esteemed juror George Rivera at the LGAA Fall Show last Wednesday 11/14/18. A real treat to be recognized amongst a wonderful organization of talented artists and a show with so many wonderful works of art. This was a Plein Air piece painted along the cliffs of Garrapata State Park near Big Sur. Sometimes while painting here, the wind is so bad you have to hold onto the canvas while painting. On this day it was calm and I was able to paint in the morning and again in the afternoon.
” Afternoon at Garrapata” Plein Air 9 x 12 inch, oil on linen panel
“Afternoon at Garrapata”
What a great honor to be juried into Signature Artist status with the MBPAPA this past Saturday ! Thank You to to the selection committee of the Monterey Bay Plein Air Association for including me in such a wonderful group of artists. Here is one of the 6 paintings I submitted .
It was painted from the parking lot above Natural Bridges State Park in Santa Cruz. Somewhat emotional for me because once there were 2 Natural Bridges. As kids we used to run across the tops of these, but this one collapsed in the major Loma Prieta earthquake.
“Once There was a Bridge” 12 x 16 inch , Oil on archival linen panel
Excited that I am a participant in this years Monterey County Artists Open Studio Tour ! Please stop by if you are in the area, I will have paintings for viewing and sale at our home on both weekends. I have chosen some interesting pieces from several decades of painting in watercolor and Oils. And just to add to the excitement some mountain Photography including the famous and elusive “Horsetail Falls at Yosemite”.
We are at 18135 Porter St., East Garrison
Here are a few new paintings from the last month. Echo Peak in the Sierras, and East Garrison Chapel in my new hometown.
And a week in the mountains at Desolation Wilderness and Echo Lakes
I heve 4 Plein Air paintings in 2 juried shows this month, near my new home in East Garrison.
The Central Coast Plein Air Painters show ” A Toast to the Coast” will have 3 of my paintings for sale and display at the Wargin Winery in Watsonville from July 6 to Aug 30. The Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters show ” California Dreaming” in Pacific Grove occurs during the same dates. And to make things interesting both shows are hosting a reception on the same day July 6 from 4-8 pm at Wargin, and from 7- 9 pm at Pacific Grove. Hopefully I can bounce from one to the other.
The colors, textures and atmosphere that a high altitude generates, stir in me that feeling of being in a special place. Attending the Plein Air Convention and Expo in Santa Fe was not only a technical learning experience , but a reminder of how different locations can be so inspiring to the artists eye. So why have I posted a recent Ocean scene? Good Question. Read further on, as I explain how I incorporate some new ideas and methods into my current work. First a few things about visiting Santa Fe, how the clouds, the rocks, the mountains are so different than the usual landscapes I paint in. (More below)
“Neptunes Beach” Oil on Linen , 12 x 16 inch
Santa Fe is the home of one of the 3rd largest Art community in the US. When you visit be sure to go into the many museums and art galleries. There are 100 galleries alone of sculptures and paintings on the few blocks of Canyon Road. Georgia Okeefe Ghost Ranch,the Taos Art museum and Feschin’s paintings are an hour away but well worth the trip ! The fun challenge for me was to embrace new ways of seeing and pick up new ideas from the New Mexico area and from the workshops at the Convention. I did not post any of my New Mexico Plein Air paintings because they are experiments. Strong winds, even snow challenged us all. Trying new colors , new techniques often result in failure – but thats how we learn ! Master painter Kevin McPherson during his demo on stage stated: ” Challenge yourself – that’s a good reason to fail” and Bill Davidson “Go with your strengths but work on your areas for improvement + No Fears- Loose your Ego”.
So here are a few simple, but major things that I have added to my Artists “tool kit”
- Bill Davidson : Paint the focal point and the area directly around it first ! Concentrate on this and the other areas take less time and aren’t as important. Thats what I did when I went to Pt Lobos and painted “Neptunes Beach” . The beach and water are the Focal point with strongest contrast, brightest colors , composition lines leading to it.
- Thomas J Kitts: Warms against Cool – color temperatures are important , lay each stroke like tiles and ask should this be warmer or cooler that what it is next to. For example a cool greenish blue, might need a warmer red/blue next to it, or might need to go evencooler with purple blue.
- TJK from Sorolla : ” Do not see the painting with preconceived notions, see the painting that is coming ” !
- David Santillanes : Save bright Cadmium colors for the foreground. Blue always goes back into the distance.
- Kevin McPhesron – painted darkest dark first then shadow family of colors. Then cleaned palette and painted lights and highlights. Then reinforced some darks.
Happy Painting !
I am looking forward to driving out to Santa Fe, New Mexico for the Plein Air Convention and Expo. This will be my 4th time attending, so I obviously enjoy getting together with over a thousand other Plein Air painters from around the world. The sharing of ideas, the numerous technical workshops, and presentations by acknowledged Master painters are all inspirational. We all gather for several afternoons to paint together and set world records. Should be fun trying new colors in the New Mexico atmosphere.
I said goodbye to the Ocean on Monday by painting this small 9×12 Oil at Pt. Lobos, Ca. Hope you like it. “Where Land Meets the Sea” Oil on linen panel
I love standing along a cliff at the shore , looking and listening to the ebb and flow of the the waves. Better still is to be there painting ! Monday I painted at Pacific Grove, on a beautiful day along Monterey Bay.
“Ocean Calling” 9 x 12 inch , Oil on linen panel
Three of my Plein Air painter friends joined me for a marvelous day at the coast. Our choice was Garrapata State Park , near Big Sur. We were blessed with sunshine, painterly light, and no wind ! Here are two of my paintings from the day and a few photos of the scene.
California Plein Air
“Secluded Cove at Garrapata State Park” 12×16 Oil on linen panel PleinAir
“Afternoon at Garrapata” 9×12 Oil on linen , Plein Air
Garrapata State Park Photo
#Garrapata, #PleinAir , #Coast
Here is the info for the Art Reception at Wargin Winery in Watsonville. Come see my 2 paintings along with those of 19 other artists. Enjoy Art and Wine Tasting !
On Saturday I painted this Plein Air piece to document and support the Womens March of the Monterey area. My wife Helen and neighbors were in the March, and my Mom cheered on from the side, and I painted to be with her. OR so I thought. As soon as I began this painting, Mom was off and away in her walker checking out all the booths, dogs, babies etc. I painted alone. I sized up some figures at the start of the March. Then I painted sky and trees, and some marchers as the the rest moved away. When they returned I added more figures. Very much like painting waves: Paint some , memorize others, paint others in action. It was fun.
” Monterey Womens March 2018″ Plein Air 9 x12 in, Oil on linen panel
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Monterey Womens March 2018