Next I went into Point Lobos to knock out a bunch of small paintings. This painting of Whalers Cove turned out to be pretty well-received. I thought it was fairly successful. I'm probably going to use it as a study for something larger.
This is a painting that I've wanted to do for a while. I am planning on doing this one larger, and a slightly longer and narrower aspect ratio. There was a lot going on in this scene and it was hard to keep it from getting out of control, but I think the areas that are not full of texture give the eyes enough of a rest.
This painting has grown on me since painting it. I was attracted to the greens of the foliage in the middle ground, but the light effect is what is attractive about the painting. This is on my list to paint larger.
On the flip side, this painting has dropped in appeal to me since I painted it. I was too rushed in the amount of time I gave myself to paint it. The light and color is not at all reading like how I wanted it. It might work if I could have it in the same evening light, but obviously that won't happen. It's something I need more experience with, compensating for the color of the environment while painting.
This was another scene I knew I was going to paint for the show. My enthusiasm for the subject matter and light I'm sure was evident to the judge John Burton because he gave me an award for it. It also sold a few hundred dollars above retail price! I noticed this year that most of the award winners fetched a lot of bids whereas it was slim pickings with everything else.
I love Garland Ranch Park, it's one of my favorite places to paint in the area. However, the dead of noon is one of the hardest part of the days to paint. The shadows are flatter, the color is bleached out, and it's hot too. I hunted around for a view that had a decent light and dark pattern so I peeked through backlit trees to the view east. There was a lot going on with the foliage. If I had the time I would have worked the background one day, and the foreground the next.
This was another painting that I feel would need a couple of days to study the view. There is a lot going on in the background, a lot of really subtle color temperature shifts. I think I need to tone down the reddish tree in the foreground too. But I think it would make an awesome large format painting.
On Saturday we have most of the day to do some more painting. I went to Monterey Beach and painted a lively scene of the beachgoers. There were moving clouds that made a nice spot of light that helped the design. I pushed the pinks and peaches in the scene.
I had a hard time choosing a subject for Sunday's quick draw. It was overcast, and most of the street scenes were flat and gray. I didn't feel like painting at the beach, but I was running out of options. I settled on this scene of the rooftops. I was attracted to the hills in the distance, and the light on the white roof. I didn't have a chance to work out the composition as well as I wanted to and it bit me in the long run. I had to repaint the entire left side and re-establish the light-dark pattern. I was really flailing at one point. I don't love the final result but I think I salvaged it enough to not feel totally embarassed about it. It also speaks to the importance of being psyched about the subject matter when plein air painting.
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Drawings For Sale
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