Oil Sketches

I’ve been painting a couple of small (5×7″) oil sketches lately.  They are fun to make when I don’t have a lot of time or just want to try out a visual idea to see if I want to pursue a more detailed painting of it.   It’s a great exercise in design– the small scale makes you really think about making each brush stroke have a purpose.  They are kind of like poems– trying to say something big with limited means.  Can you recognize the locations?  Hint:  the later one has some authentic Summerland dirt on it from when it took a face plant as I was carrying it.

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