Monday, May 30, 2011

Point Reyes

Yesterday, Ernesto, Bill and I went painting at the Point Reyes National Seashore. It was a sunny breezy day where the biggest challenge wasn't deciding what to paint, but finding a spot sheltered from the gale. The study above was on the lee side of the southern point of the headlands, on the north end of Drake's Bay. The cliff sides in this particular location had an intense red color, instead of the more typical pale tan, which was intriguing to paint juxtaposed with the teal water. Deer were abundant and there were also many elephant seals sunning themselves on the sand. Wildflowers were also still plentiful thanks to the late spring rains this year.

The study below was on Drake's Beach, where most of the people were concentrated into a very small area of the beach, to the right, behind the cliffs in this view. Out of the wind, up against the cliffs, it was a tiny zone of balmy summer. Both studies are 8x6", Oil on Linen.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Jenner Waves

From a study painted near Jenner late one afternoon near sunset. I think that this was the time that a wave sneaked in and carried my painting pack into the surf. I managed to retrieve it but had a heavy, wet and sandy pack to carry back to the car in soggy sneakers. Oil on Linen, 16x12".

Spring Idyll

From a study painted a few weeks ago on Table Mountain near the end of the day. Carpets of miniature lupine and other wildflowers were growing in the open areas between the oaks. Oil on Linen, 16x12".