I’m working on a series of pictures of this spot. It’s a hike from anywhere you can park. They’ve recently installed a 3 way stop here, which has had the weird effect of making the spot seem much busier than when it was just a stretch of 50 MPH road. It alternately smells like exhaust and like growing things.
When I painted this one, the wildflowers were in full bloom. I went back today to do another piece as the landscape dries out and becomes the brown, gold, and tan of California summer. Both those plein air paintings are preparatory studies for larger pieces.
We went to the Santa Ynez wine country for the weekend. My hope was to paint some scenic landscapes but I guess my heart wasn’t really in it and I wound up painting this. This was the town of Santa Maria, mostly just a string of strip malls with housing behind it, like so many small towns all over the United States.
The AirBNB in Venice. It was pretty nice.
Big Tree, South Park – Buy now
Reception Friday May 6, 6:30- 8:30 PM
1008 Wall St
La Jolla CA 92037
May 7 – June 11
View the show online here.
Please join us for the opening reception for the 2015 San Diego Art Prize. Artwork by Wendy Maruyama, Peter Scheidt, Roy McMakin, Kevin Inman. In the Joseph Clayes III Gallery at the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, La Jolla, CA.
In Rome this week trying to get some paintings done… In the rain! Now to return to drying my shoes with a hair dryer.
Painted on location in PB.
Behind my aunt’s house in Boise.
I thought the mountains were so pretty.
Things I’ve learned in Idaho: it’s pronounced Boissse, as though everyone is the Heir to Slytherin. Also there is a bird here that sounds like R2D2.
Vacations with a painter are always working vacations. Clif Bar, banana, and a can of espresso on the beach at dawn. I like to get in all the food groups.