Return to Virginia City!

I went up to Virginia City with a group of painters a few years ago, I was glad to be able to go again. The airbnb place had a number of problems, but the view was quite spectacular – the east side of the mountain range was visible for many miles in each direction. This was a 45-minute sketch on the first morning.

Sue Wilson made a video http://www.pleinairlinks.com/dagroup/050818virginiacity.html

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if it’s always a new direction, then it’s the same old thing, right?

Normally when I go out plein air painting, I do more traditional style painting. This time, the tree shapes were so distinct, and my view of them was so narrow (vertically), the ocean color intense, a few stripes of brilliant sun, that I sort of fell into this more graphic representation. The headlands became pure shapes in the second one, at top.
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See these and more at Open Studios in Benicia!

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Even though it’s quite simple, I like it.

Benicia Artists Open Studios will take place on Saturday & Sunday, May 5 & 6.
Event hours:
Saturday, 11 am to 7 p.m.
Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm.

At Jerrold Turner’s studio:
640 East L St.
Benicia CA 94510

See you there!

Show in Anderson Valley

With one foot in Alameda, one in Mendocino County—I will be joining two artists in a show at the Scharffenberger Cellers in the beautiful Anderson Valley. I will be bringing some urban scenes to balance out the bucolic!

Join us at:

SCHARFFENBERGER CELLARS Tasting Room
8501 Hwy. 128, Philo, CA 95466 (707) 895-2957

Woods, Wine and Water
Explore the Intertwining of the Wild & Human

Maeve Croghan, Debra Lennox and Micaela Marsden

November 17, 2017 – February 15, 2018
RECEPTION FOR THE ARTISTS!
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 PM
AT THE SCHARFFENBERGER CELLARS TASTING ROOM

2017 Benicia Open Studios

Please join us at the studio of Jerrold Turner
640 East L St., Benicia CA 94510
Saturday and Sunday May 6 & 7
10-5

9 Plein Air Artists!
Sue Collins, Attila Cziglenyi, Jerrold Turner, JoAnn McMahon, Loralee Chapleau, JoAnne Uomini, Marshall Lockman, Sue Wilson, Micaela Marsden

You are specially invited by
Micaela Marsden

 

Sponsored by
https://artsbenicia.org/benicia-artists-open-studios-2017

hauled out to dry…

I love the old Monterey shrimp boat at China Camp, and pretty much every time I go there I have to do a painting of it. The old flat-bottomed row boat has a really interesting color-texture on the bottom, so it became the focus of this painting. I started this sketch late fall and just got back to it today, working on the shadows and highlights, correcting colors and changing the sky from grey to blue. It’s always fun to play around with color, so at one point I tried purple shadows, but that drew too much attention–now, maybe a little too dark. The sky is not actually that blue, that’s just my camera’s interpretation!493w

back to Italy!

I have been aiming to return to Italy and was finally able to do that this fall, with my friend and co-painter- and traveler Maeve. We signed up for a week workshop in the countryside near Florence, which we determined is really just the right amount of time to get warmed up! The very first morning we got up early to paint, and what met our gaze was almost a complete white out! It turned out to be a very nice environment for painting, and, yes, we used more than just white!

See a short video of our stay https://youtu.be/CTG8DHxEO0g

These paintings are all “alla prima”, meaning they were painted all at once on location and have not been touched since. I am planning to work on them more, but here they are in their raw state. The very long one was an experiment of painting on a rolled-up linen ground, I may not be able to get the kinks out of it, and it’s very rough. You may see the occasional bug on the surface.

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