Thursday, August 6, 2009

Camping at Morro Bay

These small plein air paintings are from a recent family camping trip to Spooners Cove, in Morro Bay, Calfornia. The "old me" would have turned up my nose at both of these views of the cove/visitor's center, since the mornings were mostly without sun (the light and shadow is what usually inspires me). However, since valuable time spent with one of my favorite plein air painters of all time, Mr. Robert Watts, I have grown to appreciate the value of an "unchanging" light source and the atmospheric perspective that is enhanced by these otherwise "dreary" days. I'm looking forward to using some of my husband's photographic reference to create a larger "studio piece" in the near future!

Camping at El Capitan

These plein air paintings are from our 2009 annual camping trip to El Capitan State Beach, just north of Santa Barbara, California. Having camped there with my husband's family for many summers, the views continue to inspire me!