The way the light dances around in the trees carries my feet forward on my "Morning Walk".
Oil on panel, 5" X 7"
Just to be sure the new panels were as great as I first thought, I pulled out another one and had a go at it today. Yes, they truly are super! *For artists: They are "Primed Art Panel" from Mister Art online. I had previously purchased the Houston Art Panels but they are no longer available from the company to artists directly since Speedball purchased company.
Oil on Panel, 5" X 7"
This morning I still thought the little "Heading Home" had promise, so I walked back to the spot and looked again with my "artist" eye. Using that memory and the little study from yesterday I painted a larger version of the view. Tomorrow I'll fix edges, soften and harden where needed and add thick paint with color all over the canvas.
Oil on Canvas, 18" X 24"
Last evening I visited the reception for "On Location In Malibu" at the Frederic R. Weisman Museum of Art on the Pepperdine University campus. The paintings truly capture the colors and light of Malibu. Well worth the time and effort to visit, whether your an artist or collector. Thinking about that exhibit and wanting a few more "ocean" themed paintings for my San Clemente show I painted "Seaside Play".
Oil on linen panel, 12" X 9"
Rancho Camulos near Filmore opened their property to artists today. We painted barns, an old truck, gardens and the distant mountains. Spending the day amongst the orange groves and Spanish buildings it was easy to imagine the Rancho in it's prime. My painting found a home with one of the lovely docents, so I photographed it quickly still on my easel. Of course it's an odd angle and the wall to the right is reflecting on the canvas but you can see the general idea. All round it was a wonderful May day.
Oil on Linen panel, 11" X 14"
Last year I painted a small plein air piece of this view. Anticipating my return I pulled that little piece out of a pile and explored the road along the cliffs once again. I believe that is a huge benefit to painting out, you have wonderful references that bring back everything as real as if you were at that very spot once again, from the sound of the sea to the cool ocean air.
Oil on linen, 14" X 18"
If you look back at 1/9/09, the original "Hopland" was posted. I took that painting and looked at it with a critical eye and attacked the canvas. I took out the vineyard as the color fought with the rest of the painting, I added to the sky, changed the mountains, added color to the trees and softened the cows. Actually I practically painted the piece top to bottom again. I like this much better.
Oil on canvas, 16" X 20"
Coming up with titles for paintings can be really tough, especially at the end of the day when your spent in every way. Today at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, Jean Stern gave a lecture on the history of the club. He mentioned that artist William Wendt used epic poetry and the Bible to inspire his titles. "Palms At Sunset" will have a better title, I'll just read with titles in mind.
Oil on panel, 5" X 7"
I waited to post this little sunset study until it was dry enough to lay on the scanning bed and be scanned. I am looking for a more accurate way of producing images, rather then the digital camera that depending on the light, time of day, if I am standing on one foot singing, whatever, they never look true to the original. Maybe this is better, the image on my computer screen shows the foreground and trees much darker then the painting and wipes out all of the work. Still searching.....
Oil on panel, 8" X 10"