May 1 opens the spring showcase at Castle Gallery in Fort Wayne. I wish I could be in attendance, but will be here in Austin enjoying our beautiful spring weather. We already had summer-like temps, so I am happy to be back in the 70s for a bit longer. I sent some good summery paintings and hope people will enjoy them.
I started this painting awhile ago as a demo for Plein Air Austin. It was my first demo in awhile and rather intimidating knowing how talented a group of artists were watching! I have since done more demos and have become more comfortable with them. Sometimes I might even make sense!
Thursday night I will demonstrate with a model at Castle Gallery. Come and see me - and artist Diane Lyon - as we share our processes from 5-10 pm.
I had so much fun with this painting. The color is so rich and vibrant. Its framed in a simple white floater frame, perfect for a bright beach house! It's on its way to Tidewater Gallery now.
After painting the one below and dusting the sand off me, (I was afraid of being buried) I took a long walk down the beach.
Returning to my sand hill where I was somewhat protected from the wind, I turned my attention to the walkway onto the beach and the lovely Monterey cypress trees framing it. And shortly thereafter, the fog rolled in. I tried to capture it with my casein in a quick sketch.
Once I walked onto this beach, I thought it had to be one of the most stunning places on earth. The mountains and cliffs perfectly framed the brilliant blue Pacific. I couldn't really focus on anything but painting. My family took off for a walk while I climbed up the sandy slopes to get a place out of the wind.
It was a little less windy but my paint and sketch are coated in sand. Very authentic.
I painted with a small set of casein which I find lacking the colors I am used to for mixing. But I did my best.
Photos can't do this place justice. Maybe a real finished painting could. I'm reviewing a book I have of the California impressionists. Fun to see what I saw through their eyes.
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