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I’ve been sketching around the house with colored pencils this week. It is good for artists to change media now and then and mix things up… my favorite media to experiment with are oil, watercolor, pizza toppings, out-of-tune guitar strumming and half-wild weedy gardening. Everyone is an artist– what is your media?
16×36″ oil on canvas– This was a sunset to remember… layers of mountains dissolving in to the light and particularly speedy clouds racing and changing colors across the sky. Thirty minutes earlier and the day was still afoot– a thirty minutes later and the stars were glowing behind the clouds. This area burned eleven years ago in the Zaca Fire and it has beautifully risen from the ashes like a true phoenix. Nice work, mother nature… : )
Who’d have guessed that the fluid nature of watercolor could be so well adapted to painting dancing flames? These are a couple of 8×10″ watercolor sketches made while enjoying campfires with friends on a recent backpack adventure.
Summer is right around the corner. It was fun enjoying an afternoon at El Refugio State Beach as surfers took turns riding in the waves– I can only imagine the view one older gentleman saw as he rode in while standing on his head. I turned the camera off for one of the most important steps of painting the ocean, which is taking a break to jump in and go for a swim…
24×36″ oil on canvas– I made this from a small backpacking sketch of an oak tree by the trail. To my right there was an incredible cliff formation with all kinds of caves and crevices and hawks soaring above, but that will have to wait for another day… What captured me was the beautiful way the light was reflected and filtered through the bonsai-like leaves and branches of this small, gnarly oak.
20×20″ oil on canvas– I love this eucalyptus grove at the top of the steps that creates a gateway from More Mesa to the sea…
16×20″ oil on canvas– This painting began as a demo at my painting workshop a couple weekends ago. I was showing the group how to quickly block in the essential shapes of light and dark in a composition to freeze a moment like this when the light is changing quickly. I had a great time sharing my technique and ways of designing images with a really fun group of artists. Drop me an email if you’d like to be on the mailing list for future workshops.