Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Evening in Inverness, 11x14 inches, pastel, available.
Here is another painting that I completed on a painting day in Point Reyes National Seashore. The shore of bay has many of these stilt houses standing in calm water. This painting is done in a splash during the last light of the day.
Willows in Spring, 11x14 inches, pastel, available.

Today, I joined the Peninsula Outdoor Painters in Half Moon Bay for a breezy and cold painting session. I focused on working with rich color to compensate for the dull light.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Inverness Afternoon, 11x14 inches, pastel, available.

I travel up to visit my gallery in Point Reyes Station for the day on Monday. My paint buddy Cathy and I went out into the lovely light to paint before driving back to the bay area. I always enjoy painting this scene, whatever the time of day.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

First Flowers, 11x14 inches, pastel, available.

I noticed this lovely scene just on the edge of evening and the cusp of spring. This tree is blooming on an ordinary corner in my everyday neighborhood-- the slantling winter light and new flowers are drawing songbirds and hummingbirds from blocks around.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Tangerines and Flowers, 14x18 inches, pastel, sold.

The Alamo-Danville Artist's Society invited me to demonstrate for their monthly meeting. This painting was done very, very quickly; I had about an hour and a half to complete it. I will probably fiddle with it a bit more.

I enjoyed painting this fairly wild still-life-- the rich texture of the subject matter encourages me to use a wide variety of pastel marks.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Netherlands Sunset, 8x8 inches, pastel, available.

This painting was done with very cold fingers on a hillside in the southern province of the Netherlands. The wind is cold and the spaces between rain squalls few. This is the only painting I have done so far on this three week trip to visit family. It is nice to be outside in spite of the cold. The dutch term for getting out of the stuffy house, is to get a "Een frisse neus"... a fresh nose.

I have been working on my dutch a lot more than my painting this trip-- largely due to the weather and a bad cold.