Sunday, August 30, 2015

Las Juntas Art Association Demonstration August

Last week I gave a demonstration for an enthusiastic and knowledgeable group in Pleasant Hill California.
As usually is the case I demonstrated my underpainting/ mid value mess and finished the painting up by glazing over to get the darker values once the painting sat overnight. I chose this painting because the earlier version had too simple a color palette for my taste, I wanted to add more red and green to a yellow and blue green only painting.

Here is what the painting looked like at the end of the night. I has established the major shapes, and the foreground gold was the color I wanted. I needed to adjust the rest of the painting to be consistent with that bright gold.

I glazed over the gold in the hills using a small amount of quinacridone gold.

Glazed over the foreground trees to make the intensity consistent with the gold on the hill
using the strong staining colors of quinacridone gold, thalo blue and thalo green.

Adjusted the values of the distant hills, making the pink hill darker by glazing over it with more of the same color and adjusted the blue green hill by lifting there color and glazing over with cobalt blue.

Here is the original painting. Where they ride horses. 16 x 12

Thank you to Las Juntas I enjoyed meeting you all!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Sonoma Paintings, Sonoma Valley Overlook and Sunny Day Petaluma

Sonoma Valley Overlook 16 x 20

Sunny Day Petaluma 12 x 12

I hardly ever paint buildings, I turned my head and this was composed for me.
 First time painting a tractor.
I tried to paint the light hitting these barns and bouncing off the ground.

I thought you might be interested in seeing my plein air set up.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Travel Paintings: Still Water Pacific Grove and Double Point Garrapata

Still Water Pacific Grove
91/2 x 16 1/2
Double Point Garapata
11 x 15

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Two new Poppy Paintings


Poppy Panic 14 x 18

Poppy Path 12 x 12

These are fun to paint and remind me of embroidery. Started plein air, finished in the studio .

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Visit Tri Valley used "Spring Tapestry "as the cover for the Inspiration Guide 2015 and added the painting to their collection.

It was an honor to have my painting on the cover of the Guide.
Visit Tri Valley then did me the honor of purchasing the painting for their collection.
 I recently visited their offices to see how they had framed it. And I have to say I love it.
Thank you to  Barbara Steinfeld, President and Emmy Kasten, VP of Marketing for supporting local and original art.  The Tri Valley includes the cities of Pleasanton, San Ramon, Livermore, Dublin, and Danville where I live.
I have lived in Danville 20 years and found new places in the guide. I particularly liked the article about the trails on page 56 of the guide, it has gorgeous photographs that remind me why I can't stop painting our hills.

The guides are at businesses all over the towns and I recommend you pick one up and use it.

For more information about the visitors bureau:

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

After the Fire Vlll Juried into 16th Annual National Exhibition of the American Impressionists Society

After the FireVlll

16th Annual AIS National Juried Exhibition
October 1 - 29, 2015, Trailside Galleries, Scottsdale Arizona
Opening Reception/Awards Presentation

Thursday, October 15th

I am deeply honored and humbled that this painting was accepted into the AIS 16th Annual exhibition. Thank you members of the jury and congratulations to all artists accepted into the show! It means a lot when I get to share this place I love. Mount Diablo, one of the After the Fire Series