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?
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…
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.
Watercolor is like speaking a different language than oil painting and it is fun to learn what new things one can say about a scene.
Here are some small watercolor paintings from a recent backpacking adventure in the Los Padres National Forest. I like knowing that the water I used to paint the creeks comes straight from the creeks themselves. There’s a cool symmetry there– it’s like drawing a campfire in charcoal from the previous night’s fire.
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