I am thoroughly enjoying my Thursday plein air painting and this morning was no exception. We met at Descanso Gardens and I decided to paint on a smaller panel, 8x10 instead of 11x14. I wanted to do a more intimate scene, so even though there was a lovely waterfall nearby, I chose to paint the turtle on a rock. I am glad I did because I really like him. He is looking for a home so if you want to adopt him just click on the title.
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There is nothing like an upcoming competition to get me out there painting. I was meeting two fellow artists, Lynne Fearman and Kathy Yaude, for lunch in Montrose and decided to paint in the afternoon. Karen Winters suggested Deukmejian Park in the foothills of Glendale. It wasn't till I turned into the driveway, that I realized I had been there before with Jeff to hike.
It is a lovely park with a historic old stone barn but unfortunately there is a fence around it because of earthquake damage so I couldn't find a good view. I walked up the trail a very short distance and found a beautiful spot.
It was warm, sunny, the wild flowers where blooming. A perfect day for painting. The background hills were set against a lovely blue sky and the curve in the trail headed toward a stately oak. The lavender, yellow and orange colors in the foreground set everything off. Ahhhh! It doesn't get better. What a great day. Comment on or Share this Article →
Lights from the Valley
Last night Marian Fortunati and I trekked out for an adventure in nocturne painting. I had two little reading lights to illuminate the canvas but, combine the reflection off the paint with the darkness, and it was almost like painting with my eyes closed. Very interesting.
Amazingly, I came home with a painting that I like. With my first attempt behind me, I believe the most challenging aspect is color mixing. In the dark, it is almost impossible to see just what color I am mixing. Is the blue for the sky too red, too brown, too blue? Is the green for the trees too green or blue or what? I can understand why another artists told me to premix my colors before I go out.
Now that I have a better idea of what to expect, I am looking forward to trying another night painting. To see more of my painting click on Sharon's plein air paintings.
The Thursday group that I paint with gathered in the foothills of Sierra Madre at a park that previously must have been an impressive entrance to a substantial property. The remnants of that estate are apparent in the decorative iron gate and the statuesque cypress trees that line the road. With my backpack and easel, I trudged up the road and set up my paints. The once proud driveway had cracks and potholes, with nature reclaiming the very surface. The foggy hills were just the right mood to enhance the feeling of nostalgia. I am pleased that I had brought my heavy jacket because it was cold. More than once, a fine mist filled the air.
I used crimson to block in the values and then worked on the sky and background hills. The various greens of the trees, grass and bushes needed to stay separated but also maintain a harmony. The bottom denominator was the orange accent that ran throughout.
This week was a great opportunity to paint softer lighting but I am hoping that next week will bring the usual southern California brilliant sun. For more California paintings see my current work at Sharon's paintings. Comment on or Share this Article →
One of the challenges of painting outside is dealing with less than perfect weather conditions. I decided to accept the challenge and set up down by the water. The low tide had stranded a bunch of kelp on the sand and I liked the orange gold color of it against the sand and ocean. Since there were no shadows, I concentrated on the colors of the waves and the reflections of the rocks. I have several more seascapes on my website at SharonWeaver.com
Driving home I stopped in the mountains to look back toward the ocean. The view was lovely with the sun shining on the wild flowers and the ocean in the foggy distance. I plan to come back to that lookout and paint the scene with the sun sparkling off the ocean.
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I decided on a more intimate scene in a gated garden called the Garden of the Seven Sorrows. There was a wonderful serpentine wall that divided different spaces for private meditation. I found a perfect spot where the sun was casting lovely shadows on the wall from the plants and trees. I really enjoyed painting in the quiet solitude of this garden.
I didn't realize how many artists had come for the paint out till we stopped for lunch. WOW! We had at least 25 artists and it was great to see all the different paintings, scenes and styles.
Last night I couldn't sleep, so around 1:30 AM I got up and decided to revisit the painting I did at Malibu Creek State Park. See the previous blog Afternoon Painting.
I made a few changes that I believe have improved the image. This would be similar to those contests that ask, "Can you find 12 things that are different in these two drawings?" In this case it is about 10 minor changes that were made which make a big difference. Have fun finding them.
Hint: After taking a photo of the new and improved painting, I realize that the colors were quite off in the first photo so don't think that I changed all the colors. I didn't. Comment on or Share this Article →
The afternoon was waning so I didn't have much time to complete this second painting. I pulled out my largest brush and blocked in the values. I developed my colors for the rocks. I felt this would be the key to capturing the late afternoon light. The highlights were orange but the shadows were purple.
By 4:30 the wind had died and the water was finally still. Adding the highlights on the water was the final touch. Packing up, I was tired but happy.
I settled in next to the creek at a bend where the water heads toward a group of oak trees, first passing through shrubs. The clouds were still thick at the ocean and the lighting was subdued. Without any shadows, I concentrated on the colors.
As I painted, the sun came out and it heated up so after lunch I decided to stay and paint one more scene. Malibu Creek State Park is a playground for an artist.
The SFVAC wants to thank Rafael for donating his painting and inspiring the members with his demonstration.
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Despite the wind I enjoyed the hours painting and talking with my fellow artists, Marian Fortunati, Laura Wambsgans, and new friends Margie Murray, and Lynn Sanguedolce. I hope to be at another paintout with this group next week.
I am gearing up for the upcoming Carmel Art Festival and have been getting out of the studio to paint plein air on location. The Hyperion Bridge is an amazing structure, beautiful and impressive. I painted here last year and posted a plein air painting from that day. If you want to learn more about this landmark I found a great blog at Big Orange Landmark.
The LA River is becoming more natural and wild every year. There was a large flock of Canadian geese trumpeting while I painted. One of the local residents told me he was visiting the geese every day and it sure looked as if he had struck up a friendship with the group because several came out of the water to say hello to him.
The morning was hazy and windy so I knew that my painting would have a lot of atmosphere with the background hills fading into the distance. My effort was successful with a lovely view of the east arches going over the Los Angeles River. Comment on or Share this Article →