Thursday, March 25, 2010

Ride to Oceanside

In preparation for painting for the Long Beach Bike Festival in May, I've been studying "car and bike traffic" from photos..This painting is based on a photo I took while riding my bike with my husband a few days ago. A typical beautiful sunny afternoon in Oceanside, I was so happy to have my phone camera ready when the glow of the setting sun was on him!
14"h by 11"w oil on canvas board "Ride to Oceanside"

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Small is Beautiful

This painting, "From the Bluffs" was juried into a Southern California Plein Air Painters Exhibit. Here's the info:

Small is Beautiful

The Reception for the Small Works show is April 3rd at the SoCalPAPA Gallery.

The Gallery is located in Balboa on the Peninsula at the Fun Zone. Right next to the Merry Go Round and Ferris Wheel.

The Reception will held at 4pm. Awards and prizes and food and lots of great paintings for sale. The show will run until June 13, 2010

I'd love to see you!

Monday, March 22, 2010

The Cottages at Crystal Cove

A beautiful morning in Newport Beach this morning, a group of painters met at the Cottages in Crystal Cove for a session of plein air painting. This group of cottages stood out to me and the colorful reflection of them in the pool of back flow from the ocean, particularly the bright greenish/blue cottage. To organize the information in front of me, I tried to recall the "theory of angles" regarding values of planes in a landscape set out by a legend of plein air painting, John Carlson. Also, remembering what he said about "TMI", when he said, "There probably never was a picture that was poor because it lacked in detail or subject matter, rather the opposite. Bad paintings are usually so overloaded with useless detail that the essentials are obliterated." I took photo reference too, and am looking forward to a larger study in the studio!