This is the second painting I did during the Los Gatos Plein Air Festival. It was the second day and the only day that it seemed like there was time to have an adventure. During lunch the preceding week, my friend of 30 years, Jim, insisted I check out Capitola someday…and since that had only been 5 days earlier when I had not realized how close that was to Los Gatos, I decided to investigate. It was beautiful…but there was a big problem…permit parking only almost everywhere and very few places to park. I drove around in circles for hours and just as I was about to give up, I passed this area that I had spotted at the beginning. I waited for a parking spot and was soon painting. It was hard to orient the easel so as not to be in direct sun but with the help of a passerby I figured it out…I probably should have just stayed in Los Gatos, but it was a fun adventure, ending in a cheap but good Chinese restaurant in adjacent Santa Cruz. I was exhausted and hungry! I should have looked at a map…didn’t know all these towns were so close to each other.
There’s quite a story behind this. It is the first painting I did during my stay at the Los Gatos Plein Air event. I had gotten in at 2 am the night before, the trip from LA taking 10 hours instead of what the internet said would be 5 (and I wasn’t sure there would be a way for me to get into my host’s place once I arrived). I checked in at the registration shortly before noon…one of the last to arrive. And yes, I felt pressure to paint, produce, succeed. The town is so cute! I saw so many things to paint. I started to sketch a scene with tons of flowers in front of a fleshy colored Spanish style house but soon realized it was overly complex…I realized I wanted to make life easy for myself and my viewer…so I got back in the car and then I saw this great blue house, in 1/2 shadow, 1/2 light and a funny little tree with orange flowers in front(maybe it was their back). Got out and started to paint it…the light was moving incredibly fast. The owner’s daughter came out and she loved it, said she wanted to buy it…off to a good start, huh? We exchanged info but she never really followed up. At the show on Saturday, this little painting was a hit. Hope to follow up with the other paintings I did last week…Stay tuned.
Going larger here. I love the sunset view…but it can be fleeting…there’s a lot of stuff out there…tried to make sense of it all; there’s a lot going on in my mind too…and on the phone, computer, etc., etc.
Another view off the porch.
Since I will be working up at a plein air festival up in Los Gatos all next week, I thought it’d be a good idea to do a landscape using my new techniques.