Beach Scenes 10 & 11

8 x 10 oil

Painting plein air at Sycamore Cove Beach. Painting in the sand with people around is a challenge, especially since I am so new to plein air painting, but I enjoyed the experience and look forward to many more times to paint this way. The first scene, below, seemed rather stiff to me so I painted the same scene a second time with mainly a palette knife and a bit of brush work. Between realism and impressionism, I seem to have two extremes of styles but as I continue painting and grow as an artist, I hope to have one distinct style of my own emerge.

Beach Scene (3)

5″ x 7″ oil on canvas board

My two Boxers along with an 11 week old French Bulldog make for painting in an environment that has constant distractions, but at least these small paintings are only meant for practicing speed and not too much detail!

Here are a few pics of these sweet distractions….

California Delta

Whether boating, fishing or camping, there are miles and miles of the river to enjoy in Sacramento, CA. About 5 years ago we had taken a few boating trips to the Delta with our family and some friends and will forever cherish the memories of the time spent here. A great thing about boating on this waterway system is that you could dock your boat and go find a restaurant to eat at then hop back into your boat for more hours of enjoyment. And let me tell you, Sacramento has a lot of really great restaurants! We are up here for a wedding and will enjoy that but we are definitely missing being on the water! I guess we’ll have to plan a trip here in the near future.

There are also acres upon acres of vineyards and wineries. The Sugar Mill is a historic site that has been converted to house many wine makers and you can enjoy tasting as well as picnicking and live bands on the weekend.

#14 Payette Lake

5″x7″ oil on canvas panel

There are so many beautiful areas in the United States and one of my favorites is Payette Lake. While traveling last summer to Boise Idaho, we were told that going up to McCall was a “must see”.  The town of McCall was such a pleasure to walk around with our dogs and there were so many great places to eat and of course, the view was stunning! The lake is a 5330 acre expanse of clean, glacial water at an elevation of approximately 5,000 feet in the forests of  Idaho. An added bonus was to see the lake with the boats harbored as the sun was going down. Here is my impression of the evening scene.

Still Life: “Heading To The Lake”

12″ x 12″ oil on canvas

The weather is warming up in SoCal and whether you’re a student, homemaker or working the daily grind, it seems like we are all anxious to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine. Even though we had quite a bit of rain this year (for us) the past years of drought have hit this area hard and I’m hoping the lakes have filled enough to get out there and enjoy the water. Here is a personal still life of one of the sports we love to do….. waterskiing, wakeboarding and boating.