Thursday, June 22, 2017

Yellowstone, Lower Falls in LPAPA "Salute our National Parks" Exhibit, July 3 to 31st.



Yellowstone, Lower Falls 16 x 21 Studio Watercolor
This painting has been juried into the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association " Salute Our National Parks" exhibit, July 3 to July 31, 2017 at the Forest and Ocean Gallery 480 Ocean Ave, Laguna Beach CA.
I need to thank my parents for being intrepid travelers and my Dad who has an artist's eye for the source material. I don't recall ever painting a waterfall and it was a great one to paint.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Nice mention in Plein Air Magazine July 2017 Barns Portfolio
















Plein Air Magazine recently featured a portfolio of barn paintings and included my painting "Sunny Day Petaluma", one of only a handful of barn paintings I have painted. In this one the adorable tractor caught my eye.


Here is a larger photo so you can see it.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Going Softly to Gold Plein Air Watercolor painted on Mount Diablo


Going Softly to Gold 14 x 14

I took advantage of an afternoon with no wind and continued my exploration of the scenery on Northgate Road on Mount Diablo. This meadow had the barest tone of green under the grasses going to gold that made interesting patterns..

Monday, June 5, 2017

Seven Layers of Spring, painted on Mount Diablo

Seven Layers of Spring

The dark pine-covered ridge was the perfect foil for the early spring oaks and poppies.
This was painted on Mount Diablo on Northgate Road looking down from the poppy meadow and across to the western ridges of the peninsula. there's not enough elevation to see it , but the San Francisco Bay is in between the last two ridges.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Diablo Ranch

Diablo Ranch 12 x 16

Painted east of Mount Diablo during the spring burnout when the bare hills are interesting to paint.
Plein Air Watercolor

Monday, May 22, 2017

Best Watercolor Award for "Carmel Valley Evening Glow" from Mian Situ at the Carmel Art Festival















The thrilling moment with Mian Situ.

Carmel Valley Evening Glow 12 x 12
Best Watercolor Award Carmel Art Festival 2017
Judge Mian Situ

The light in Carmel Valley is different, so close to the Ocean, it seems brighter, clearer there, the air is so clean. The land seems to glow at every time of day, but especially in the evening.

Here are the other paintings:

Monarch of Carmel Valley 16 x 20

I pushed myself to paint this subject at the largest size I can paint in these plein air events, it is such a monumental hill, it reminds me of a Henry Moore Sculpture.



A Morning Hike 12 x 12

I painted framed and parked during the Quick draw in 2 hours on Sunday
morning.
 I drove to Carmel River Beach Lagoon because the energy is so positive and there are lovely wildflowers in case the fog blocks the views. I concentrated my focus on the point of land and painted everything else in soft focus.


Lagoon Morning 9 x 12 Quick Draw

Quick Draw Framed
I like how it glows inside the black frame.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

LPAPA first annual Waterworks Exhibit, "Winter's Light, LaJolla Shores" and "Peak Near the Eiger" now through June 4 in Laguna Beach



Winter's Light La Jolla Shores 11 x 14



Peak Near the Eiger 11 x 14

There's something to be said for stepping out of one's comfort zone.
The San Diego Coast and a snow covered mountain in the Alps are my subjects in these two paintings.

The exhibit information
LPAPA first annual WaterWorks Exhibit
May 2 to June 4th

LPAPA in residence
Forest and Ocean Gallery
Laguna Beach

Reception  Saturday May 13th 5 to 8 pm

The entire exhibit can be seen online at daily brushwork:

http://dailybrushwork.com/grid2.aspx?OJSID=10776&OID=3&GSID=2103&pg=2


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Kern County Plein Air Invitational Paintings

Tejon Ranch Greens 16 x 20

Eyes Lifted to the Hills (Painted at Bakersfield National Cemetery)12 x 16

Very Early at Wind Wolves 11 x 14

High Noon Wildflowers 12 x 12 ( painted at Wind Wolves)











Where Elk Wander  9 x 12 ( painted at Wind Wolves)

The top three paintings are available through the kern county arts council at info@kernarts.org.

The bottom two are being tweaked in my studio.
The week was wonderful, the weather cooperated, my hostess was gracious and it helped to have done this before, so I knew the lay of the land.
Tuesday I stayed at the wonderful Wind Wolves Preserve from dawn until sunset. Learn more about it at http://www.wildlandsconservancy.org/preserve_windwolves.html
It was so good to see all the living greens all around Kern County. I pushed myself to paint a 16 x 20  at Tejon Ranch and I am glad I did.

The list of participating artists and awards are here and well worth checking out:

http://kernarts.org/annual-kern-county-plein-air-painting-festival/

A big thank you to David Gordon and the Kern County Arts Council.


Friday, March 24, 2017

Spring training for the first time in years!

With the drought over and a genuine rainy season, I found myself very rusty after a season of slow methodical studio paintings. Here are the three plein air I've completed so far this month.

Eastern View Curry Point 9 x 12

My favorite place to paint on Mount Diablo, I thought was a good place to start.


Green Going 9 x 12

I was energized by finding this view of Mount Diablo near my house and wanted to paint the green before it went completely, we had a few 70 degree days and it is surprising how much the grass faded. I got this done in time for Saint Patricks Day.




Poppy Pastures 11 x 14

Nothing gets my paintbrushes dancing like the poppies on Mt Diablo. Going back as soon as it's sunny because the poppies don't open without sun.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Poppies Above the Bay and Morning Glow selected for the California Art Club 106th Gold Medal Exhibit


Poppies Above the Bay 21 x 21


Morning Glow 9 x 12

The California Art Club 106th Gold Medal Exhibition will be at the Autry Museum of the American West from April 8 to 30th with several events during the exhibit.

Artists' Gala Reception, Saturday April 8

Figurative Demonstration, Sunday April 9

Lecture and Tour , April 22

Paint and Sculpt Out , April 30th.

For those of you in the Los Angeles area, The Autry Museum of the American West is located at
4700 Western Heritage Way. It is open every day during the exhibit except Mondays. For more information about the  events, please visit:

 https://www.californiaartclub.org/exhibitions/annual-gold-medal-juried-exhibition

This is my seventh consecutive time accepted to this exhibit, to see all the paintings I've exhibited, please visit

https://robinpurcellpaints.blogspot.com/p/california-art-club-gold-medal.html

Thursday, February 9, 2017

CaliforniaWatercolor.com in the Early California Style Award in 8th Annual Signature Watermedia Exhibition

Curry Point November just won the CaliforniaWatercolor.Com Award 
(In the Early California Style) in the 8th Annual Signature American Watermedia Exhibition at the Fallbrook Art Center. 
The exhibit runs February 5th to March 19th.
The juror was Dale Laitinen.


Caption: Curry Point November , 21 x 21, plein air watercolor on paper

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Ventura Beach work in process




"Ventura Beach"

This may not be finished, I am putting it aside for a week or two to make sure.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Curry Point November in Signature American Watermedia Exhibit 2017

Curry Point November 21 x 21

Curry Point November Framed



I am showing a photo with me in it to show scale, this is a pretty large painting for plein watercolor.
Thank you to Juror Dale Laitinen and the Fallbrook Art Center for presenting this for the eight time.
Since this is going to a watermedia exhibit , it is framed in a traditional matted format.

Here is the exhibit information:

Signature American Watermedia Exhibition 2017, 8th Annual
Fallbrook Art Center
Feb 5th to March 19th  Opening Reception Saturday Feb 4th, 5 to 7 pm.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Study from Santa Cruz, Winter Sky over Santa Cruz


Winter Sky over Santa Cruz
I did this the same trip as Cypress Hush, intending it to be a learning experience, winter light and clouds are not my forte. I like it as a plein air piece trying to get the light right with careful attention to value and color.