my friend Owen prepared this little panel and gave it to me for a try out -- I took it up to the Hahamongna Watershed Park near the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena and this is what I came up with. Great surface to paint on!
I was up in the northern part of the state recently and did this little oil sketch one morning. When I was done I ate my lunch by the stream and counted at least ten good sized trout in the water. And me without a fishing pole.
Usually here in Southern California it's only June gloom, but this summer some of it has extended into July. The overcast gives a nice soft light for painting. This was a lunch time painting during a class production designer Kathy Altieri was offering to the artists at work.
I was painting this panel from a bridge over the wash and accidentally dropped a brand new brush into the channel. I could see it on the concrete about 30 feet below me and wasn't about to abandon it. I rigged up a hammer with duct tape -- sticky side out -- and dangled it down on a string. Snagged it on the first try!
dropped off some work at the gallery last Sunday and took the opportunity to paint the always beautiful Santa Barbara landscape. The water actually flows over the road here and the occasional car drove through the scene while I painted.
Sometimes at the end of our weekly painting sessions I'll have enough time for another small painting. For whatever reason these are often better paintings -- more direct, a little fresher. This was one of those times.
This painting is my donation to the Art Blocks for Ghana project going on right now in New York City at the New Art Center, and in two weeks at the Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, California. For more info check out: http://artblocksghana.blogspot.com/
The paintings, done by top animation artists from DreamWorks, Pixar, Industrial Light and Magic, Disney, Blue Sky and numerous other studios, will be auctioned off and all proceeds will go to establishing an orphanage in Ghana, Africa. This particular painting was featured with eight others on the always great art blog at http://www.linesandcolors.com/2011/02/24/art-blocks-for-ghana/.
I usually donate a painting for auction every year to benefit the high school my boys went to -- the theme this year was "road rally" and I remembered this old watercolor I did from a car show years and years ago. I thought it fit the theme perfectly. I don't really paint like this anymore but I thought it was still a good painting.
I went out to paint Monday -- since we had a holiday and it was too nice out not to paint. Returned to the same spot today for another painting and this stream was completely gone -- just a damp spot left in the gravel.