Painting of San Diego Museum of Man
Afternoon light. Oil painting of the tower and dome of the Museum of Man in San Diego’s Balboa Park. This is the second version of this painting- the first, plein air version, painted from the Cabrillo Bridge, I did in oil pastel.
I rarely work in oil pastel- I usually prefer chalk pastels because they layer so nicely, and it’s easy to correct mistakes.
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.