24X24″ oil on canvas
I’ve been working away at this piece whenever I get a chance this busy summer. This is a view of Tablerock looking over the greenbelt, trees, and golf course. I haven’t yet really defined the greenbelt that runs through the dry grass. I’ll get to that tomorrow. I’m thinking of putting in some little walkers or bikers. And I’ll try to give the trees in the middle distance a little more character. I started this one Plein Air and was standing under a big pine tree, so I put a few of those branches poking in. The air quality has been bad here because of wildfires around the state, so I’ve worked on this in the studio quite a bit. I’d like to get back outside with it to paint some more on it on location.
What happened to me? I have been so busy with summer/kid things that I practically forgot that I have a blog!
Here’s a dog portrait that I recently finished. This is a cute little mini labradoodle named Suki.
We have been really busy here. Both my boys just got their drivers permits and are now on the open roads learning to drive. It’s the most terrifying thing I have ever done. My nerves are a little frazzled. They have to drive with us for at least 50 hours or 6 months before getting their drivers licenses.
A fun and beautiful change of scenery!
MacKerricher State park is just north of Fort Bragg, California. About 100 north of San Francisco.
I worked out some final details on this big plein air piece. When I started it I wondered if the scale of the project was too ambitious, but I allowed it to develop over time and I didn’t feel a rush to complete the whole piece right away. I enjoyed the process of being outside and painting what I observed in nature. And it was fun to say hi to so many people passing by. My favorite was catching the shadows on the foothills before they slipped away with the movement of the sun.
24X48″ oil on canvas