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.
A small spot of beauty on a busy street. I painted this last year.
Painted this morning in my kitchen.
Springtime in Laguna Beach, with the bluffs dotted with wildflowers.
Palm trees, power lines, and bougainvillea in beautiful North Park, San Diego.
Speaking of North Park, next Saturday May 18, I’ll be at North Park Festival of Arts, in the juried artists area.
North Park Festival of Arts
On University Ave near Iowa St.
Hope to see you there!
Another open air painting in Balboa Park- the Alcazar Garden. I really like this spot to paint- I guess it’s probably described as a formal Italian-style garden but with a mix of Moorish elements added as well. Nice place.
This is an older painting, and I’ve always been fond of it. It’s of the flowering pears (maybe cherries) in Balboa Park.
I hope to do more paintings of the pears this year when they come into flower, which should be soon. I’m also very excited to have more mobility soon… may be buying a new truck! Well, used but new to me. I look forward to doing more paintings outside the neighborhood.
From time to time I like to paint cats with their heads floating amid a sea of flowers- this feeling is universal among artists. 😉
This painting is for sale, and I’m also happy to do custom pet portraits.
The Alcazar Garden is one of my favorite, quiet spots in Balboa Park. It’s a formal garden with clipped hedges in patterns around flowerbeds, overhung with palm trees and surrounded by archways. This is my second painting from the OPA paint out a couple of Saturdays ago.