Painted on location last year in Balboa Park.
The San Diego Museum of Man and California Tower seen from the Cabrillo Bridge- beautiful historic architecture in Balboa Park.
The graceful Alcazar Garden outside the Mingei Museum in Balboa Park, San Diego.
Gray skies over the old buildings in Balboa Park, San Diego.
Another nice spot in Balboa Park, San Diego. I like the Rococo. Painted on location.
It was a Tuesday and crowded. Every Tuesday one of the Museums in the park has a free day, and this was the SDMA which happened to have a Plein Air show at the time. Probably the most informed passers-by ever.
A gray day in the park.
Commission. This painting is unavailable, but here’s a link to my online store.
A plein air painting of the Museum of Man, from the Laurel Street (a.k.a. Cabrillo) Bridge. This was one of those where the light was going and it was getting cold- almost 60 degrees in February, which is practically impossible to deal with and I had to zip up my sweatshirt- but I tried to get one more painting out of the afternoon and I’m glad I did. Who does not love these buildings? I left off some of the Baroque twiddles because there just wasn’t time, but I love the archways.
Oh, and there were street singers while I was painting this as well as another piece which I haven’t photographed yet, but hope to post soon. It was original, nice, tenor singing, a guy and a girl playing together. All in all, a great afternoon.
Ah yes, and one more thing. If you’re in San Diego Sunday night, I have a painting in this juried exhibition- En Plein Air International Exhibition. The reception is from 6-9 PM at L Street Fine Art in Downtown San Diego. It’s a convenient spot right off the Trolley line and with ample parking. Hope to see you there!
I’ve been intrigued lately by the idea of doing tourist paintings. I’m more drawn to the opposite of landmarks- random, run-down places, or just an everyday street- but I like the idea of painting landmarks as well.
Canaletto’s career was based on them; Renoir painted his own versions of Canaletto’s Venetian cityscapes. And of course we have the rich legacy of Paris Impressionist street scenes. Monet, to me, was the star of that genre, but there were quite a few Impressionist masters. I’ll see where this idea takes me.
Also featured here: Gamblin Portland Grey! I’m always on the lookout for better ways to paint our cool, overcast mornings.
Balboa Park Painting is for sale.