Harbor Village, Ventura CA
Some days just go into a 180 degree direction….
I met with a new group to paint the Tall Ships at Harbor Village. It was cold but beautiful and so I posted to share my day. I had planned only to be there a few hours so that I could get to my “chores”. Heading over there on the freeway, I ran over something metal that hit my car with quite a racket but by the time I got to the harbor all seemed well. So imagine my disappointment when I got back to my car and one of the tires was completely flat. I called and waited for AAA to help. The young man changed the tire and left and as I barely got 10 parking spaces away, my spare went flat! Ugh. Another call to AAA and more waiting then I was towed to a tire place to wait, yet again, for the tire to be replaced. It was a really long day but on the positive side of things, while I was waiting, I found a cute UV hat for my outdoor painting adventures, the tire was able to be fixed – costing only $10 and I made it home safely.😊
A couple of lessons were to make sure I don’t post just to boast and to take the good with the bad gracefully. Stay safe everyone!
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.
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….
5″ x 7″ oil on canvas board
Lots of thick paint for this sunset at the beach
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.
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.