Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sonoma Coast

A small study painted yesterday along the northern Sonoma County coastline. When I started painting, the fog bank in the distance was a nice touch, but it quickly enveloped the scene and I spent most of the time painting and shivering in dense fog. The fog lifted as I was finishing it though.  I then attempted to paint another study a little farther up the coast, but decided to go home when I felt several ticks crawling on me. There is Lyme disease on the northern Sonoma County coast, remember your insect repellant!  Study 10x8", Oil on Linen. The wild irises are blooming in abundance right now at the coast:

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Timber Cove

A second painting for the Holton Studios Gallery All-Gallery Show this spring. 14x11"; Oil on Linen. I painted the study for this on a gorgeous January afternoon, it was almost hot. A couple of guys were boogie boarding from the beach and having a great time. 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Stillwater Cove

This is the first of a few new paintings that will be part of an All-Gallery Spring Show at Holton Studios in Emeryville California. It will be available for purchase. The drought this year is very bad in California, but the silver lining is that it makes for excellent painting weather at the coast.  It is everything I can do to not go out painting every day, but I don't think my employer would be too thrilled about that. This particular little cove is well sheltered from the northwest swell, it was very calm on a big wave day. But the name is still rather deceptive since there was a large sign predominately displayed alerting people that it is one of the most dangerous beaches. In spite of the warning, there were scuba divers packing up their equipment at the end of the day. I have often painted in the Jenner area, but decided to make a trip further north into new territory. It was nice to have trees near to the waterline instead of the more barren areas further south. 14x11"; Oil on Linen.