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!

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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

Fort Bragg and Point Cabrillo

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

Point Cabrillo, 8 x 10, acrylic
Point Cabrillo, 8 x 10, acrylic
On the Edge of the Fog, 8 x 10, acrylic
On the Edge of the Fog, 8 x 10, acrylic

 

Jughandle Beach

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

#426   Jughandle Bridge CA 10-154,  10 x 8,  acrylic
#426 Jughandle Bridge CA 10-154, 10 x 8, acrylic

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Plein Air Painters of Mendocino – Annual show!

Hi all,

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!

Plein Air Painters of Mendocino annual show
Plein Air Painters of Mendocino annual show

the “village” of Mendocino

Lansing Street - Mendocino
Lansing Street – Mendocino

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!

Caspar Point

Caspar Point
Rocks by the abalone beach

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.