I have spent the last month or so painting on the cliffs above South Casa beach. It is a great view overlooking the beach and the rocky cliffs stretching south towards Wipeout Beach. I made and sold several plein air paintings there but when I went again last weekend there was yellow police tape across the space where I had been painting and a newly planted sign from the City of San Diego: Warning – UNSTABLE CLIFFS! Stay back!!!
"Aloes Blooming at South Casa" Oil on canvas. 12 x 18 inches SOLD!
"Morning Shadows at South Casa" Oil on gesso board. 12 x 16 inches SOLD!
"California Brown" Oil on gesso board. 12 x 16 inches SOLD!
"Sea Lavender in Bloom" Oil on panel. 12 x 16 inches SOLD!
I have been taking my oil paints outside lately. I find they are easier to work with than I thought, despite the problem of thinners and long drying times. Here are a couple of recent attempts at plein air oils.
"Winter Aloes at the Wedding Bowl" Oil on board. 12 x 16 inches SOLD!
"Shadows at Boomers" Oil on board. 12 x 16 inches SOLD!
"Blue Shadows at Wipeout Beach" Oil on board. 12 x 16 inches SOLD!
"Shell Beach Overlook" Oil on panel. 11 x 14 inches SOLD!
I have spent the last 3-4 months painting in La Jolla. I feel like my seascapes are growing in quality as I learn the lessons of the ever-changing oceanic light. I get a lot of positive feedback from the passing art lovers and occasionally I even sell a painting as soon as it dries! Not a bad way to spend a Saturday . . .
I have discovered the joys of painting outdoors in natural light. This kind of painting forces me to both observe and experience nature more intimately, plus I am more likely to meet people who share a common love of art and the environment we all share.