Just Off of Mulholland Hwy

Rocky Oaks is a small nature reserve and wildlife refuge regional park located in the Santa Monica Mountains.

As we all have experienced, sometimes the time in your day does not belong to you – it gets chipped away by the busy-ness of life and/or the needs of others and this week has been one of those weeks for me. I needed a “mental health day” so I grabbed my art gear and headed off to this state park to meet up with a couple of other artists. The day was perfect and there was even a pond with ducks and various other birds. If Southern California doesn’t get anymore real rain, this little pond may be gone in a few months so I decided to set up my easel to capture the moment in oils.

Mood Swing

This painting is still in progress but it has been sitting on my easel for a couple of months because I just wasn’t “feeling it”. Before covering it up to create a completely different painting, I thought I’d try to change the background and the entire mood of the painting so I chose a moonlit night. I plan to put an old oak tree in front of the barn and have this completed in the next couple of weeks – hoping I made the right decision.

Below is the “before” in progress photo. Anybody else drastically change your art?

On the Easel

18” x 36” oil on canvas

Under painting is complete and now I can concentrate on greater care with color, depth and detail. This is one of two projects currently in progress for my vineyard series. 

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.