This painting happened sort of by accident but it is also staged. Let me explain. I was painting in Balboa Park, a painting of some trees. And I drove home a different way than usual , through South Park.
I saw this orange house and thought, what a great orange house. Then I saw the orange Prius parked in front of the orange house and I thought, Ha! So then I parked MY orange Prius up the hill behind and painted this.
A nice old Victorian in North Park, San Diego.
This is the study for a larger painting, and every time I look at it I hear a Shakira song in my head that must have been playing while I worked on both pieces. The song goes “Solo tu something something.” It’s off the album “Donde Estan Los Ladrones” which is one of my go-to painting soundtracks.
Two more clementines.
I’m normally pretty uncomfortable about donating paintings to raise money in the wake of major disasters. I hate when people turn those disasters into publicity stunts.
But last night I read a lot of personal stories on Facebook of people trying to deal with the storm and its aftermath. I won’t go into the gory details. I remember after the nuke disaster in Japan, animal charities were pretty strapped.
I would like to help if I can, and I’ll donate the proceeds from this auction to an animal charity in the disaster area, so if you like the painting, please feel free to bid in this charity auction. Bidding starts at $100, and the auction fees are waived.
The proceeds from this auction will go to Empty Cages Collective, a New York-based animal and environmental advocacy organization.
A corner in North Park, where a restored Deco- era movie theatre now also includes this Starbucks and a bar. This is University Ave and… Grim? 30th? Ray Street? This is a partial plein-air, partial studio piece.
This friendly cat showed up one sunny morning as I was painting in North Park.