Thursday, March 29, 2012

Plein Airs

Lately I've been trying to do more work outside (just when it started to rain around here). I don't always have time to drive around looking for stuff to paint, so sometimes I just set up in my back yard. My neighbors probably don't like that I turn up the music in the studio so i can here it outside, but hey, I don't  like to hear their dog bark all day either. Pansies 6x8"

This is a demo painting I did last week for a small group of 4 students in what I'm calling "semi-private" lessons. This house in Nicasio has been painted a thousand times I'm sure, but this is my first. As you can see, it was overcast, but fortunately not raining.  Go Left  9x12"

One day I drove around town for 20 minutes looking for something to paint, came home, and ended up painting this just down the street from my house.  Spruce and Park 10x12"

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Pink Birds

New painting I just sent to my Florida gallery. They like their flamingos down there. I added the ocean and beach, and the flamingo on the left. It ended up being tighter than I like, but just kept working on the reflections to make them clear. I also invented the horizon in the reflection. There was a big truck blocking the whole thing. I often move things and almost always edit things out, but it's never comfortable for me to invent things or add things that are not actually in the scene.
American Flamingo 18x24"