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San Diego Beach Painting Cabrillo

Gray Cabrillo Surf

San Diego Beach Painting Cabrillo

Painted on location in Cabrillo, on Point Loma. for sale

Went to Cabrillo today to paint with my friend Margaret.

This composition is weird. I did not know if this would work, and I’m not 100% sure it does work. But it is what it is. I think as artists we need to try to step outside what is comfortable and push the ‘rules’ or even break all of them while staying inside a particular tradition.

Here’s mine:

Painting in Cabrillo

Here’s hers:

Painting with Margaret

We also learned, from eavesdropping on tourists, that people in Spain are more dedicated about recycling than people in Texas. It’s only hearsay though, so don’t quote me on it.

Cabrillo Landscape Painting San Diego Plein Air

Surf at Cabrillo

Cabrillo Landscape Painting San Diego Plein Air

Painted down in the surf at Cabrillo. for sale

Here in San Diego, we are spoiled by “perfect” weather but in reality, there are many deviations from “perfect.” For example, it might be 75 degrees instead of 72 and we will feel a little hot.

But today was not like that. It was absolutely perfect.

Painting at Cabrillo

Coronado Beach Painting San Diego

Coronado Plein Air Painting

A hot morning. I went down to the beach to cool off.

The Santa Ana winds carried a mini sandstorm with each 50 MPH gust. These weren’t ideal painting conditions, and I decided to leave halfway through this piece and finish it in the peaceful, cat-filled, air-conditioned studio.

Some people have a big fancy philosophy of plein air painting. Well, I am not one of them. There is no shame in working from photo references, I just like to be outside and that’s why I like to paint on location.