Sunday, June 4, 2017

For a great cause...

I was invited to paint on location at the 694 acre Mountain Gate property some weeks ago for the Escondido Creek  Conservancy in Northern San Diego Country. My friend and I along with other painters hiked a bit to find our spots to paint.
The land is endangered with the threat of development. I was glad I could help in a small way to promote the site so that the Conservancy can obtain the property.

 This was my selected spot....I loved the lighting on the Yucca and rocks but I knew I needed to add the distance hills so I made my own panoramic ...so to speak...and added the land to the right.

 I started out with a brown Tombow pen which is great to use for a value underpainting. I wet the pen lines to create the values. Then I started to paint the background with washes and dropped in color.
 I still had issues with the composition. Too many focal points and not enough darks......
so.....I ended up finishing up at Starbucks with my friend Susie...she helped me change a few shapes...the colors are off in this photo...I took it in  a shady place....

Monday, May 8, 2017

Bountiful Baja

Home after my workshop at  Rancho Bellota in the beautiful mountains of Guadalupe Valley, Baja Mexico. Our weekend was amazing as usual but this year we had the excitement of an unexpected spring storm. It meant that we had more time to paint and draw...with a few glasses of wine, yummy muffins, chocolates,  and warm brandy.....
Mark the dates for next year and sign up! April 19 to 22 2018.....space is limited to only 10 students. 



"If you paint the sounds you'll find the rhythm of the ranch"
                         Raul Aguliar 


morning demo and paint out at the cabins




 Demo of Agave and cabins with a Tombow pen underpainting for values....
Watercolor glazes on top

 Off to two wineries in Guadalupe Valley in the afternoon. Our hosts Raul and Caroline took us to Misiones de California and Vinas de Graza. 




Our Sommelier and owner of Misiones de California gave us a wonderful education of wine selections, processes and more....we were also given some delicious chesses made in the valley at Cremería Los Globos .....a  shop selling local cheese, wine, honey, olives, and jams. Km. 92, Hwy. 3, San Antonio de Las Minas, Valle de Guadalupe; 52-646/120-5092.




along the way on our drive home to the ranch......


The next morning we ventured out in Bellota Canyon to paint on location. The storm was moving in and it got a bit cold....lucky for us Raul arrived with Melon Margaritas to warm us up....






The Ranch dogs followed us on the trail and guarded us against the varmints....






Raul, Ellen, and Ian..... Ian is from Belgium and working on the ranch as an intern. 


Went on a rainy 4.5 mile hike down Bellota Canyon.....Lois found this incredible rock....




Saturday, April 15, 2017

Home from Portland

Portland Art and Soul Retreat was a blast as usual...
great students, creative energy abound and bacon every morning.......I know...right? 

My classes and workshops are updated ...take a look....I will be teaching at Art Unraveled this coming August....and I'll be bringing lots of clay goodies to sell at vendor day on Saturday .... including my new totems that I'm creating....

Here is a sampler of student works from my Portland classes.....enjoy! 
I'll return next year  at an earlier date   
February 11 to 18 so mark your calendars! 

and lastly....a quote from Wesley Sam- Bruce...a incredibly talented artist who designed the new San Diego Children's museum installation. He took a walk through an old grave yard and wrote this.......I love the "remember'r part.....

"Do great things with your life; because eventually not even your grave lasts. The earth will take you back. Be kind, be patient, be intentional, be a remember'r. Allow things to die and fade away, and also wait for things to rise from the ground. The world is a living metaphor which included you in it."
                                                                                                                              Wesley Sam-Bruce



 


















and just to see who made it to the end of the images....this is mine...
my demo from Farm to Table Journaling.....