This is from a photo by Sarah Dolliver. I asked her for it because the theme for the Beverly Hills Art Show was extreme weather and they wanted me to do a demo but I joked with them that unless they could whip up a storm I’d be working from a photo. The funny thing was that the weather forecast started predicting thunderstorms for the show…but luckily, for all 240 artists, that did not happen. Someone at the show could tell from the painting that this was of the White Sands Desert in New Mexico. It’s a striking photo and image and I hope I did it justice. I’d have worked from my own photo but as they say “it never rains in Southern California”–except when you’re having an outdoor art show!
This is from Thursday. Still riffing off the fall colors…and produce on a dish towel. I went to a yoga class the next day and noticed the walls were painted similar colors. It’s funny the things painting will have you noticing. This was indoors in my studio.
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.