new painting of Carquinez Straight – in progress

This is an in-progress painting, which is intended to become more muted in tone. I love these colors, though, and I’m not sure I want to radically change them from here. I find it joyful, I even like a lot of the loose brush strokes. So, given that I promised to deliver a more “realistic” version, do I paint another one? What do you think?

Carquinez Straight, from Mare Island Natural Preserve
Carquinez Straight, from Mare Island Natural Preserve

Art in the Park at America’s Cup

This was pretty fun, they actually thought to include an artist-focus on a quiet race day last Saturday. They were good to us, gave us coffee in the morning, lunch at noon, some cool schwag, and a show at the end of the day. ArtSpan was a partial sponsor, and documented the day http://www.flickr.com/photos/artspan/sets/72157635362810297/

Here’s my second 2-hour oil sketch from the day — the water needs work, but I like the colors. It’s an impossible view of the Bay Area, with Mt Tam in the background just for fun!

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This was a beautiful black boat, moored next to what was reputed to be Larry Ellison’s floating hotel, not shown…

Open Studios – starting tomorrow!

I will be in Jack London Square at the Pavilion Building, as in past years. It’s such a great, airy, open space, really pleasant. I have new plein air work from around the Bay Area, and Mendocino.

We are the largest group showing in one location in the entire East Bay Open Studios, and we have teamed up with another group just a few doors down at Market Hall, so between the two locations there are 80 artists.

Hours and days: Saturday & Sunday — two weekends — June 1 & 2, June 8 & 9 — open 11 am to 6 pm

It’s just plein fun!

Hope to see you there!

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53 Dodge

This poor hulk has been sadly neglected in our driveway for more years than I care to tell you about, but it is getting some attention today. It drove here, but as Tim says, you don’t go for a drive in it, you go for an adventure!  Gino will be helping Tim to fire it up. Will it really run again??

And, is this painting finished, what do you think?

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Mountain Goat morning

For a painter’s party, we were given the missive to paint a winter scene. Those who brought a painting would draw from a hat to take home a painting by another artist—super fun! On the morning of the party day, I pulled out an 8×10 panel. I thought it was important to keep it simple, so I decided on a single animal portrait. These hardy mountain goats almost blend in with the snow in their natural habitat, but not quite, fortunately. The snowflakes falling make it feel pretty wintry!  Catherine Fasciato took this one home.

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