The first time I saw a picture of a Mountain Goat it was obvious to me they were from another continent. However, it turned out that they are indeed North American, and live in the contiguous US!! Amazing. They have a quirky, appealing appearance! Still a bit to do to finish up this one.
This guy waiting on the dock was there for a while and I did a sketch of him, then painted using a photo for reference to finish. You just can’t get people to sit still that long! I’ll be painting up on the Mendocino Coast again before Open Studios. I’ll be in Market Hall this year, on June 7 & 8, and 14 & 15, with preview during Jack’s Night Market on Friday evening June 6th from 6 – 10 pm. Check out the Market Hall group athttps://www.facebook.com/market.hall.artists web: http://markethallartists.com
I am getting excited about open studios — coming up June 7 & 8, and 14 & 15, with special preview evening Friday June 6th from 6 to 10 pm. Here are two recent, small paintings from the Mendocino area at Jughandle Beach.
We have moved location this year to just a block away at Market Hall in Jack London Square. Check out the Market Hall group at https://www.facebook.com/market.hall.artists web: http://markethallartists.com
I will be participating in the Plein Air Painters of Mendocino Annual show which starts Friday, March 7. This is primarily a landscape show, as you may have guessed, with a popular subject being the beautiful Mendocino coast. If you are planning to visit the coast, this is a good month to do it as it — the whales are normally migrating north in March. They come very close to shore at this point in California, and you can easily see them at Point Cabrillo as well as all up and down the coast. Come up, and enjoy whale sighting and check out the art!
Irises have a lot of style, as far as flowers go. They are more shapely, and have more presence than your average 5-petalled, even-tempered type! It is a challenge getting the right purple, though. Some colors which exist in nature simply do not exist in paint. I worked and worked and worked on the color, and though I like it, I never quite achieved the purple I could see on the flowers themselves.
A few small studies of boats – some more local than others.
My alla prima sketch from today’s trip to Capay Valley. The Almond Festival was in full swing, and Esparto was full of people. I started a larger sketch as well, but will have to return to finish it.
This tiny painting I did a few years ago. Small boats are just a lot of fun, though colorful ones are hard to find. Don’t ask me about the red ball, I don’t recall what it was, or maybe I never knew! Hoping to paint at Noyo Harbor soon!
As the main commercial district, it’s pretty lively, much more so than it looks here. We could call this an experiment in seeing what a town looks like sans cars, people, dogs or even random birds. The Plein Air Painters of Mendocino will be having their annual show just a few blocks away at the Oddfellows Hall, on Kasten & Ukiah streets during the month of March (starting on the 7th). I will be participating in this show, it should be fun!
I visited this place in Caspar on the north coast with a friend a month or so ago. While we were setting up our gear, an abalone diver and an oyster collector climbed down the steep cliff to the beach below. The guy hunting for oysters on the rocks scrambled around with his little dog following him everywhere like an animated flag, so that we never lost track of him except when he ducked behind one of the house-sized rocks. The diver in his colorful gear waded out and disappeared into the waves. When it got too dark to see our colors, we hefted up our gear and wet paintings, and started the short hike back. Within a few moments the diver came up beside us. We were happy to see him safe, he had an abalone for his efforts, we both had good painting starts – a good day.