This summer I took a trip to Boise and then up to a mountain town called McCall. The green landscape surprised me and I found it very inspiring. I’ve already posted most of the pictures from that trip that were successful.
This one was less successful at the first go so I tried to push it in a different direction when I got back to San Diego. I thought about painters like Daubigny or Diaz who reworked a plein air hot mess into a successful studio landscape for one thing. And another, I thought of European classical landscapes. Even though there are no Roman ruins or dancing nymphs here, I was re-reading Game of Thrones and found it easy to picture this rugged landscape as the setting for parts of Westeros.
Painted on location at the Fortuna wetlands reserve in San Diego. for sale
What a quiet, pretty spot with the occasional passer-by: bird watchers and people pushing small frou frou dogs in baby carriages (a California specialty). I’ll be going back.
Oh, BTW- this weekend is the Mission Federal Art Walk in San Diego. I’ll be in booth 353 near the corner of Columbia and Cedar with new paintings. The event is in the Little Italy neighborhood of downtown San Diego. You can take the train in to the Santa Fe Depot, ride the trolley to the Little Italy station, or it’s convenient to the 5 Freeway. If you’re downtown this weekend, it would be wonderful to see you. The event is from 11-6 Saturday and Sunday, and I’ll be live painting both days.