Aug. 16, 2021 I have a new Fine Art website

Hi Everyone, I finally decided that I needed a real website to showcase my work. I will continue to keep my Blog here, but it will be much easier to see my paintings on the new website. I have 3 categories of paintings that are easily accessed in the main header under Paintings: They are Seascapes, Landscapes and Watercolors. I have loaded in over 50 paintings. If you hover over a photo: The Title, Size, Availability and Price will show. I had some trouble with photos of my paintings getting distorted on the blog, and the gallery section was cumbersome. I really like the new website, it has a sharper design , is speedy and easy to keep up to date. Hope you like it too.

Please subscribe on the new website to keep in touch. So far I will have Open Studio here at my Home in East Garrison the middle 2 weekends of October, and I have been invited to paint in the Capitola Plein Air Competition in November.

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August 12,2021 PleinAir and UnpleinAir

Well, We drove up to the Sierras last week , and my intention was to spend a week, and paint at least 7 Plein Air paintings. Unfortunately several wildfires in Northern California and smoke continue to cause the air quality levels to be unhealthy. I painted one evening in clear air and the next morning the smoke rolled in. We decided to leave and returned to our home in the Monterey Bay Area, where fortunately it was clear. Here is my unfinished mountain scene as it sat on the easel, and a finished Monterey Bay Plein Air painting I did yesterday with my MBPAPA group of painter.

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MBPAPA Signature Artists Show 2021 “Local Escapes” July 2- Aug 26

Finally a Live show ! Juror Paul Kratter has selected about 50 wonderful paintings to have on display and for sale, at the Pacific Grove Art Center in the upstairs gallery. I am honored to have one of my paintings selected. “Morning at the Wharf” was painted from the beach en plein air one Saturday in Monterey. If you have time check out the show.

I’m certainly enjoying being member of the Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Assoc. Great people and activities. We just launched a newly revised website where you can see the events and programs we have. I am on the executive board as the Paint Out coordinator, scheduling weekly locations for anyone in the area to paint at. Come join us!

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Mid Century Modern #3 , 2021

And now for something different. In college in the 70s, along with life drawing, I had several graphic design classes. This new painting is based on one of my designs. Acrylic on Canvas 3ft x 3 ft.

Mid Century Modern #3, 2021

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Mar 31, 2021 Light at the End of the Tunnel

Its springtime and as more of us receive our covid vaccines the brighter the future will be. Today is a beautiful day along the California Coast and I painted this morning at the harbor in Moss Landing. For the first time in over a year I went to lunch with 3 fellow painters on a deck overlooking the Elkhorn slough. My fish sandwich tasted especially great and I am pleased with todays Plein Air painting. I will post it soon.

For today I wanted to post a painting I did last Sunday afternoon with fellow painter Ellaine Goldstone. We both have signed up for the Open Studios Tour that will be held for 2 weeks around Monterey County in October. As a promotion for the Arts Habitat Monterey Artists Tour, artists were encouraged to drop off one painting Sunday at the Pacific Grove Art Center gallery for a show thru April. After the drop off we headed a few blocks to the shore and selected a safe location to paint. As sea otters and Scuba divers cavorted in the waves, we painted.

Sailing on Monterey Bay 2021 9×12 Plein Air, Oil
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Dec. 2020, and what a Year !

Hopefully I can spread some enjoyment and cheer here at the end of the year by posting a few of the paintings that I did in the last few months. Wow, I noticed that I haven’t posted since August.. The reason for my posting delay was that I had minor computer issues (now fixed) but also the many realities that 2020 threw at us with fires, politics and the virus. At our home we are healthy, but Covid has taken a toll throughout the world and nation. I think we are all looking forward to a normal, safe and healthy 2021.

From a strictly art viewpoint 2020 was hard. No Plein Air competitions, few shows, few sales; conferences and workshops cancelled. My motivation was lacking until I decided to volunteer to be the coordinator for my Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Associations paint outs. I published a weekly schedule, and starting Sept 30th anywhere from 5 to 12 of us began to meet at outdoor locations wearing masks and painting at a safe distance from one another. I think we all enjoyed the boost it gave our paintings. Now on Dec 14, Monterey county begins a lockdown and I have cancelled meetings until further notice. Just when us painters were getting in the groove again too, but now we have positive momentum so its ok!

These are all Plein Air paintings . All are available for sale. Sometimes an outdoor painting is a study for a larger work, sometimes it is a finished piece. Either way, seeing the actual light and colors on location are the real reason we paint Plein Air.

Happy Holidays to Everyone ! Al

“Cove at Pt Lobos”
“Monterey Bay, Pacific Grove”
“Garappata, Wave Surge”
“Sea Arch, Pt Lobos”
“Monastery Beach”
“Moss Landing Harbor”
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MBPAPA Annual Members Show Sept. 4 – Oct. 29 2020

Unusual for these worried times of the Pandemic and now lightning fires in California : our Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Associations members show will be in a real gallery at the Pacific Grove Art Center. Juried by Laurie Kersey it should be a nice enjoyable show.

Here are my 2 entries: “View from Pleasure Point” 14 x 18 in. Plein Air , Oil on linen panel “A Gentle Day on Monterey Bay” 12 x 16 in. Plein Air, Oil on linen panel

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4 Paintings in 2 Summer Shows – July 15, 2020

These are interesting times for Artists: as we continue to paint many of the opportunities to show and sell our work have been cancelled. A solution has been to have virtual online shows elected by jurors , and in a few instances juried shows where the Art still appears in a real gallery.

In July I have paintings in both of these situations. Beginning July 3rd – Aug. 27th the MBPAPA Signature Artists show is Open to the public at the Pacific Grove Art Center near Monterey. The theme “From Plein Air to Studio” challenged us to take a small Plein Air piece and make it larger in the studio. Honored to have my painting ” Yosemite January 2020″ , in the show with so many talented artists and to be selected by juror Brian Blood.

A Virtual online juried show by the Coastal Art League of Half Moon Bay is online running from today July 15 – Sept 1st. This show titled “Uncharted Territory”, is the Juried All Media Show 2020 of 51 pieces of sculptures, drawings, photographs and paintings. I am very pleased to have all 3 of my entries selected .

“Toward Big Sur from Pt Lobos” 9x 12 in. PleinAir, painted this winter as a rainstorm appeared on the coast. “Incoming Morning Tide ” is 12 x 16 in. PleinAir painted facing into a brisk salt spray during the first day of the Los Gatos PleinAir event in June 2020. Finally a La Jolla PleinAir 12 x 16 in. entitled ” To the Blue Horizon”

“Yosemite January 2020” 18 x 24 in, Oil on canvas
“Toward BigSur from Pt Lobos” 9 x 12 in., Oil on linen panel, PleinAir
“Incoming Morning Tide” 12 x 16 in., Oil on linen panel, PleinAir
“To the Blue Horizon” 12 x 16 in, Oil on linen panel, PleinAir

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Painting Outside Again and Upcoming Shows, 6/15/20

With Covid19 still around, I am sincerely hoping that everyone still practices safe distancing, wearing facemarks in public and being kind to others. Happily after months sheltered in place, I have begun to find some secluded places where I can paint outside again. Studio work is important but there is nothing like being outside to lift the soul and spirit. Opportunities where I usually show my work have been cancelled or postponed, but lately there are some virtual online shows that I have applied to. This has given me a creative spark to re-evaluate some older works and also to get the creative juices going for newer works.

The Monterey Bay Open Studio Tour was scheduled for May , and is now rescheduled to October. This has been my most successful show in the past , so I look forward to seeing many you then. Another successful venue for me last year was the 2019 Los Gatos Plein Air event. It has been cancelled for 2020 and will reoccur in 2021.Another great show last year was the 2019 Capitola Plein Air, it will be downsized this year but hopefully will still occur in November

Several Art shows are now going virtual on the web. This is a great and creative response for solving the problem of having too many people in one place for an Art show. The California Art Club is having a show “Our World Reimagined, a Virtual experience” where we submit images on line for judging and virtual display from July 1 – August 14. Similarly, my MBPAPA Signature artists show will be virtual this summer, as will the Coastal Art Leagues show “Uncharted Territory” for July 15 – Sept 1.

Here are a few paintings I have worked on during sheltered in place or just before. Enjoy

“To the Blue Horizon” Plein Air 12 x 16 Oil on linen panel La Jolla Ca. “Incoming Tide, Pacific Grove” Plein Air 9x 12 Oil on linen panel “Serenity” Studio 16 x 20 Oil on Canvas

To the Blue Horizon
Incoming Tide, Pacific Grove

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My Paintings from the 70s on our Walls

Here are 3 large paintings I completed in one week at the end of my spring quarter ay UCSD in 1972. My major was Biological Science, but I managed to also do a minor in Visual Arts. I had Physical Chemistry, Molecular Biology, and Immunology finals that spring and had very little time to spend on the final for the painting class. The assignment was to submit 3 large Abstract acrylic paintings. Since I didn’t have much money, I built and stretched the canvases myself. Sadly this was my only painting class, and in class we painted large abstracts on paper on the floor. We did have classes in life drawing, art history, and film studies. Fortunately I also had several wonderful graphic design classes at De Anza Jr College in Cupertino.

So the following is the story about these large paintings. They are each about 4 ft by 4 ft . I spent 2 days constructing the frames and stretching the canvases. Fortunately a summer job I had a few years earlier in a gallery stretching canvases was very helpful, and gave me the confidence to make my own.

I had completed my sketches and drawings designs. Next I started off penciling in the shapes and then spent about 30 hours on the first painting. (Here is how it looks in our living room now) I taped of some sections then laid the canvas on the ground and dripped and scrubbed in greens and yellows with acrylic paint . Then painting in the 3 stripes was easy and fun. The orange dots were a problem and very time consuming. Soon I realized that my deadline would prevent me from spending this much time on the other two . I quickly added in the bottom blue section and liked the overall look. It was finally done

Since Molecular Biology and microscopes were on my mind, my theme was molecules or atoms moving about, or if looked at another way large astronomical views. This painting #2 of Molecular motion took about 12 hours, again taping off sections to show distance, dabbing in textures with sponges, fine tuning near objects .

My week was going by fast! and the 3 paintings for the final were all due tomorrow ! I had one more to start and complete. I grabbed my handy masking tape and split the canvas into 3 zones. I splashed paint into each zone, added a white outline around the central inverted T, and dabbed small spots with a sponge onto the inner inverted T. Pulled off the tape and it was done in about 6 hours ! Assignment completed and ready to turn in. I did get an A for the course. My Mom had this in her hallway for many years until I had a place to hang it.

“Molecular Motion” Acrylic on canvas 4 ft x 4 ft
“Microscopic or Telescopic” Acrylic on canvas 4 ft x 4 ft.
“Molecular Biology” Acrylic on canvas 4 ft x 4 ft
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