Cabrillo Drive sand cliffs

On a morning ride several weeks ago, I didn't have my paint box but I did have a camera in my phone.   I came home and painted this little study while the feeling of being there was still fresh.  8" X 6", o/cp.

Tomorrow is the start of the Stuart Shils masterclass, so I won't be posting until next week sometime.  Hopefully I'll have some interesting things to share.



7" X 5", o/cp
In the world of nerds (like the one I'm married to) and internet forums (which I frequent), FTFY stands for "fixed that for you."  One alters and restates something to express a correction or one's own impression, adding "FTFY".  Here we have a sort of visual example.  I posted previously about the value of painting from fashion magazines or catalogs, for practice.  When I do this, often without thinking, I "correct" the model's proportions to reflect a more realistic physique--because very few people are size zero.  The figure above is one that I painted to look more like a real person.  Here's the source photo from the LL Bean catalog...it's not an egregious example, but still.  It's the principle of the thing.  Fixed that for you, LL Bean.


Strawberries X 2


These are both 10" X 10", oil on stretched canvas.   Great practice with reds.


Sunlit Still Life

11" X 14", oil on stretched canvas.  The green of the background is actually a bit brighter than this.


Limited Strokes

Those last two still lifes ended up being a bit tight, and when that starts happening, practice with limited strokes is the cure.

12" X 10", oil/stretched canvas

10" X 12", oil/stretched canvas

7" X 5", oil/canvas panel


More still lifes with oranges...

I'm so behind on posting work.

10" X 10", oil on stretched canvas.


Still lifes with Oranges

Full afternoon sun:

and the next day, very hazy sun:

Both are 8" X 10", oil on stretched canvas. 

Haven't painted outdoor still lifes in quite a while.  The first day was clear with very strong sun, but the second day had a hazed-over sky with almost a misty feel in the air.  I didn't realize just how much the haze was diffusing the sunlight until I finished the painting and saw how low-contrast it looked. 

I like strong sun better.  :)