I was sick over the holiday weekend, and two things always happen when I paint while sick. 1. I get tentative and fussy with the paint, and 2. I'm never happy with what I do. That means a lot of scraping off and re-doing sections until I get mad enough to put some paint down like I mean it. It was a battle, but I'm finally okay with this one. Contrary to popular belief, we do get a lovely change of seasons in San Diego! You just have to pay attention. 6" X 8" oil/canvas panel.
La Playa Cove, with the last dark clouds moving out after the rains. The focus is on relative values, and using them to portray the spectacular brightness of the sun and that reflection. 8" X 6" oil on canvas panel.(Sold)
Very fast sketch of some very fast moving dark clouds. Before I finished painting, they were overhead and it was pouring. Since this is the view out our window, I was indoors, nice and dry. 6 X 8" oil/canvas panel.
Shadows have beautiful color, and can say so much about the presence of things not seen. Third in a series done at Fort Rosecrans, with the Cabrillo Monument Visitor Center in the background. 6 X 8", oil on canvas panel.
These small plein air paintings are done with my Guerrilla Painter Thumb-box which fits on the small rear rack of my road bike. I ride out to wherever I paint on site, so keeping it small is helpful. If I'm hiking or taking public transit, I use a larger EasyL setup with tripod. There's something very enjoyable about keeping the setup so simple though, and people seem genuinely happy to see someone out there with a bike and a paint box. Sometimes they stop and say so, which is very nice of them. Here's my setup--everything I need, box and all, fits into that canvas bag which I bungee onto the rack (where the box is sitting).