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.
Beautiful breathtaking views along the California coast. We stopped in Carmel by the Sea to visit Edward Montgomery Fine Art Gallery where some of my paintings are available. it was a beautiful town along a lovely stretch of coast.
Right now I'm tucked into a little motel under the redwoods in Big Sur. What an amazing part of the country this is.
This week I'm visiting family and friends in California. We visited some wineries in Sonoma and played tourists in San Francisco - hiking up to Coit Tower and dodging pedestrians in Chinatown. I got to dine in the oldest eatery in SF - Tadich Grill (a tip from Ken Auster to intrigue the artist in me!)
Today we drive down scenic highway 1 to Big Sur.
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