I painted this a couple weeks ago. There are 6 more. I haven’t been posting because the injustice and Machiavellian behavior of those now running the art department at LACC continues to boggle my mind and eat into my precious time. This painting at the beach thing took me out of survival mode for a few days.
I just counted these:15 floral, 8 still life, 5 plein air, and 2 portraits. Please let me know which are your favorites. I guess now I take a break and figure where I want to go from here. I think I’m torn between wanting to do more developed work, like the first 3, and doing more studies more like the last 8. Maybe I will alternate? I have a serious situation going on at my job and ordinarily I’d feel like I just don’t have it in me to paint until that is behind me, but maybe that’s not the right idea. We’ll see. I had a whole weekend of non-art related activity planned and it all got cancelled…so suddenly have a free weekend. But there’s plenty to do. A little marketing is in order about now too. Thank you for all the generous comments. I really enjoyed this round of the challenge, even with all the juggling of vacation, work, etc. Grateful to have had the opportunity to participate once again.
I had a very expensive drink while doing this…but I don’t think they put much alcohol in it…which was obviously for the best! It was almost 100 degrees…so I needed to drink something cold!
So we arrived at the Bellagio after almost running out of gas in the desert. The next day we went down to the pool. I was hoping no one would stop me from whipping out the oils…they didn’t. Still think gouache would’ve been a better choice, but I’d left them home. People got in my way as I tried to paint this, but no one seemed remotely interested. They had better things to do! I did another one the next day. I had to paint from a shaded area–it was about 100 degrees. I would wind up with a heat rash–not fun!
This was an adventure. I would never have gone to the LA County Fair on my own, but given free parking and entry….well, still ambivalent, although I did have a lot of fun painting this, after I got over the fact that we’d arrived so late I would have to paint as fast as possible before sunset. I was happy that I managed to pull this off. It is hanging in the Millard Sheets Art Center until I pick it up on 9/27, if it doesn’t sell there. Went back during the day for the reception and it was just way too hot to be very enjoyable…so in the end, arriving late, which I’d been so upset about, was actually the right timing after all…the temperature was more bearable and the lighting was more interesting. And afterwards we headed to Big Bear for our first time ever. Painting from there coming up.
This was painted on the beach a couple weeks ago–with a night set up that we rigged up so I can see my paints and painting in the dark. My next posts will be larger more ambitious indoor pieces so stay tuned.
This is from my 3rd annual trip to paint the moon on the beach with fellow lunatics. I love the gradations of color at this hour, however fleeting they may be. Reminds me of something I read by Virginia Woolf many decades ago–The Waves. Am I the only one left who has read Virginia Woolf?
This was from a weekend paint out. We were corralled into a small area due to a wedding in progress…but I managed to paint this scene. Next time I will try a different format.
This is from a few weeks ago when I found out about an opportunity to paint at the Museum of Natural History. They waived the parking and entrance fee, which was nice. It was kind of hot and crowded and it wasn’t easy to find a good place to set up. The waterfall is actually over to the side, but I had to be under an umbrella, which happened to be close enough to do this. There’s a little bridge and that is my focal point. As I was leaving I noticed the museum is near a botanical garden, but I couldn’t figure out how to get there, and I was exhausted so I gave up trying to find a way in that I could have gone to paint at the next day.
This was painted last month on the last day of painting at the Los Gatos Plein Air Invitational. We’d made an agreement that I’d return to the vineyard at the end of the week…but when I got there the third gate was locked. It later turned out that the owner had been called for jury duty. Anyway, I looked around and noticed that where I was was plenty good enough for painting-overlooking a magnificent view…so I set up. A friendly woman bounded over to ask what I was doing. It turned out she owned the property that I was on. But we hit it off, and she even invited me to stay at a tree-house she’d built for guests (I won’t bore you with how that turned out–let’s just say, I’m not so good with heights). My host had sent her husband to check that I was okay, since I called her before I realized that it didn’t matter. The woman and my host (the husband) also got acquainted. It was a regular party, on top of the world, in the middle of nowhere. They all finally left and I got to work. I was shooting the piece when I thought it was done, and it too (like the vineyard painting before it) went flying into the ground, picking up authentic gravel, twigs, etc. I did my best to get that off, and also to keep painting, since it seemed like I was not done after all. It really was a magnificent view, and I was “on top of the world” in more ways than one.