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!
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
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!
here’s a preview detail of an unfinished painting of a house on Lincoln Street just a few blocks away from the Frank Bette center in Alameda. I think I’ll call it “Island Living” – it’s really all about the speed limits, 25-35 mph all over the island!
Come to the show and sale at the South Shore shopping center if you’re nearby, it’s on THIS COMING SATURDAY, all day, pretty much.
It starts tonight, and goes through Sunday.
We’ve gotten a bunch of media coverage in local papers around the East Bay and beyond. I think this is going to be a fun event. Event website http://wcuskskcrawl.blogspot.com/
One of our members wrote a review, http://oak.lc/jM6ms and here’s one from the BerkeleySide http://bit.ly/1azZTmr