Lately I’ve been noticing the signs of burnout with oil painting.
The best cure for burnout for me is two things: plein air watercolor, since it’s so fresh and relaxing; and a visit to the art museum. I’d like to go to LACMA, but it’ll probably be a couple of weeks before I make the drive to LaLaLand.
So today I hopped in the truck and felt the pull to Mission Bay. I’m always intrigued by the palms over the low flat roofs of the houses.
It turned out to be the perfect choice; there were people playing beach volleyball, sailboats and jet skis, kids laughing, and a cool breeze off the water. A great painting day.
This commission was based on an earlier plein air painting from the same spot- looking across the channel at Dog Beach from Mission Beach. I painted the plein air version on Dec 31, 2012 so it was officially my last painting of the year.