Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Ventura Beach Plein Air

Oil on Canvas Boards
6 x 8

We had a pleasant day at the beach on Sunday. I painted this on location. I am beginning to appreciate the difference between painting from a photo and on location. The colors in real life are so much more varied than in a photo. It's very hard to capture them, and I have much less time to do it.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Indian Cliff Dwelling

11 x 14
Oil on Canvas Board

This is Montezuma’s Castle, a cliff dwelling in Arizona, between Phoenix and Flagstaff. People are not allowed inside, but there is a little loop trail that goes past it, with lots of benches for resting. I snapped this picture last year.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Shell Offramp

Oil on Canvas Board
11 x 14

This was painted Alla Prima, but not Plein Air. However, I did do it in 2 hours, so I am feeling more confident. It is tempting to think that all the good subjects are far from home, but since gas is going up so much, I decided to really look around and see what was nearby. This was within a few minutes from my house.