The Sorolla Exhibit in San Diego
I wish we were able to take photos of the exhibition. Do I even need to tell you to go if you can?? It's Sorolla, for God's sake. I will say that there were a lot more paintings than I was expecting there to be. Such a great show. The only small grumble I have was that some of his portraits were comparatively mediocre when looked at in comparison to his overall body of work. His strong suit was definitely his understanding of shadows in sunlight. Such brilliance!
As a small consolation, here is a photo of an uncharacteristically moody Monet... Looks more like a Daubigny, doesn't it?
This painting was done near the pier in San Clemente. I was influenced by the light in Sorolla's paintings, and his way of creating volume with confident brushwork instead of underdrawing. I think the feeling of late afternoon light reads well here, but I wish I had started with a thumbnail drawing beforehand. The composition kind of sucks. The main focus points are close to dead-center and stacked on top of each other. I can probably crop a little off the left side, and it will improve it some.
I gotta say, I'm really happy with this one. It has a few shortcomings but I think the overall mood and effect is pretty spot on. As far as these go, this is one of the more successful studies I've done in recent memory.
The Bob Peak Exhibition at Pepperdine
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