Day 4 (part II): Coming Back to the Valley

Ah, that warm late light. A cloudless and windless evening, looking down on the hay fields and the dry alkaline lake and Nevada mountains in the distance. Oil on linen, 9″x12″

Day 4: A pastoral scene

An old barn in the morning light, framed by two ancient poplars. When I was finished with the painting, a mother sheep and her two lambs wandered onto the scene. Check out additional photos in my blog post to see more pics. The Old Barn. Oil on linen, 9″x12″. My set up on site: Mother […]

Day #3 (part II): The valley is alive!

As I was finishing this about 8:00 pm tonight, two deer leapt across the scene and disappeared into the sagebrush. As I was cleaning up, the mountain continued to glow brighter with a pinkish-orangey tone and as the sun receded behind the mountain behind me, a blue shadow started creeping up the mountain. The Valley […]

Day #3: Sunrise over the Surprise Valley

The day started very early; the sun came up shortly after 5:30 am. A soft breeze, some doves cooing and the world coming alive. This was my first plein air sunrise painting – and it was an exercise in speed and quick brush work. Whether or not the result is great, it was an awesome […]

Day #2: Setting Out

I was up very early this morning to catch the first light and shadows. Pulled on my clothes, and went out into the crisp morning air, filled with a fresh breeze and chirping birds. This was always my favorite time of day and I made myself a mental note to see it much more often […]

Day #1: Like a candy store for sugar addicts…

is Surprise Valley for plein air painters. So many incredible scenes to paint, hard to know where to begin on this first day here. There are endless beautiful potential subjects, even just around the property. And that’s where I stayed today, setting up on the driveway and facing toward the eastern edge of the valley […]

Today’s wet paint…

The yellow wildflowers were the icing on the cake of soft greens and purples and ochres of a perfect spring day on Mt. Diablo. Oil on linen, 11″ x 14″ While the painting was in progress: And here was the scene on arrival this morning…

Bay Area friends and art lovers…

Come visit next weekend: Spring Open Studios, Hunters Point Shipyard, SF. Bldg. 101/Studio 2421. Sat & Sunday, May 3/4, 11-6. Many fine painters here; 125+ artists opening their studios; great food, music, kids art area, fun! Bring the family…and dog too! This is a new studio piece, based on a plein air study: Tule Rush […]