Edges and Outlines… New Landscapes

Old San Marcos Rd

I have depended a lot over the years upon the heavy black outline.  I loved to make things really crisp and defined in my work and to focus on edges.  Although it can lead to some interesting results (I love the work of Hokusai, for example)  it can be kind of a crutch and make things look a bit cartoony some times.  I’m starting to stumble on a new style that allows me to get more detail into a scene and allows me to get some subtle atmospheric effects, but still has a clean, brightly colored graphic look.  It has been fun to spend an hour or two each day painting outdoors.  All paintings are 8×10 on brown paper.

San Marcos MoreMesaglow GoletaBeach

Busy Painting


I have been pulling out the paints at least once a day and have learned a lot already this summer.  I really recommend it as an exercise for artists…  I have gotten much more efficient about pulling out all of the supplies and getting started and it has helped me let go a bit and experiment to try to find a style that works well.  Here are some of the experiments…

Natural History Museum

Our personal, pint-sized Natural History Museumpatio

The back patiowarm color

A collection of similarly colored objects


Paintings of Trails

Here are a couple newer paintings of trails I enjoy running on in town.  Can you recognize where they are?  (answers below…)  Now that summer is here, I’m giving myself the assignment to make a painting a day.  I’ll share some of them on this site.  Hope you all enjoy some summer hiking!

DPXCCourse LakeLosCarnerosPath

(Answers:  Dos Pueblos High Cross Country Course and Lake Los Carneros Path)