Afternoon at the Baker Beach

Today was one of those brightly sunlit and windless days in San Francisco where the air was so crystal clear that you could see the Farallon Islands that are 30 miles offshore. I headed for Baker Beach and started painting as the light began to fade behind the cliffs. A perfect plein air afternoon. Here’s a photo of […]

Pacific Pastels

This is a view I’ve wanted to paint for a while and this afternoon got a chance to do a small painting of it; Pacific Ave at Divisidero in SF, looking east towards downtown and the East Bay hills. I got to stand in the street, taking the parking place of a car, which gave me […]

View of the Bay from Noe Valley Redux

I found myself on this familiar corner again late this afternoon. Had fun sliding paint around this smooth, small board until the light was failing and I was painting from memory. I’ll call this one: “Steep Grade Ahead – Trucks Not Advised”. The name is bigger than the painting, but it’s what the sign says. Oil on […]

Willows on Spring Lake

Spent this last weekend of summer painting today on Spring Lake in Santa Rosa, CA with the North Bay Plein Air Painters. Another gorgeous day out painting. Willows on the Lake, oil on canvas, 12″x16″  

Lines in the Water on San Pablo Bay

Painted out on the fishing pier at McNear’s Beach in San Rafael this morning on this gorgeous day all around the Bay. Nice to hang out with the fishermen…a mellow crowd and good music! I had a blast! Lines in the Water, oil on canvas, 12″x16″  

Sunflowers and Giant Pumpkins

My last painting of the Alameda paintout (Frank Bette Center for the Arts), painted today at Ploughshares Nursery on Main St in Alameda, a non-profit nursery where 100% of sales supports housing for formerly homeless families. In addition to a wide variety of CA natives, this nursery specializes in plants and practices that are environmentally […]

Wings on the Bay

The Frank Bette Alameda Plein Air Paintout painters were generously invited to spend the day at one of the yacht clubs on the island. I arrived in the early evening and painted up on the club house balcony, overlooking  the marina and the Oakland hills beyond. Today’s second painting: Wings on the Bay, oil on […]

Heirloom Roses

I had fun this afternoon in Alameda painting this charming Victorian with its sunlit rose garden in front.  For evidence of that, click on the link for a photo of me painting it. Heirloom Roses, oil on linen, 10″ x 8″ Here’s me enjoying the moment:    

Along the Shoreline Trail, Alameda

This afternoon’s painting, along the sandy hiking trail on the southeastern edge of Alameda island. To the one side are houses with incredible views of the Bay  and San Francisco; to the other side are marshes and the Alameda Bird Sanctuary. There are a number of topnotch painters in this event – I’m humbled by […]

Park Street Bridge, Alameda

It’s not easy being a plein air painter. This evening I stopped by the Dragon Rouge Lounge, sat down at a small table on the terrace, ordered a Tiger beer and some spring rolls and took out my easel, paint and brushes. There in front of me was the wonderful Park St Bridge. It was […]