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
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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.

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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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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