Friday, December 28, 2012
We had a glorious day enjoying the vistas of San Pablo Bay, in the vicinity of Pinole. Railroad tracks follow the coastline here, so Keith was able to watch trains while I painted - a perfect combination! The scenery is just stunning and well worth the drive.
Sitting on the platform at Martinez Station was interesting. It seemed totally dead and quiet with no-one around. Then a train pulled in and suddenly I was surrounded by hordes of people all wheeling suitcases. I was so absorbed in my painting that I have no idea if they got off the train, or if they emerged from some warm waiting room to catch the train!
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
|Stanford Notice Board in the rain|
We had a warming respite in the cafeteria over lunch, and enjoyed the yummy chocolates Rajit brought along to share. Then back out into the cold - and now rain! I was intent on going home, but the notice board grabbed me on the way out and I had to paint it. I got a decent view of it from a fairly sheltered doorway. Returning to the car I had to carry my sketchbook under a towel because the paint was still well and I didn't want the rain to wash it off.
|Meditation in the Quad|
Thursday, December 6, 2012
|Workers in the fields|
We had a nice mix of sunshine and clouds for our visit to Wilder Ranch. (caught a glimpse of the sea from the parking lot, but didn't have time to walk over there!) I had the most productive paintsite ever, doing four scribbly drawings and three little paintings.
People brought a great mix of yummy desserts to share so we were able to pig out at lunchtime. What fun!
|Our little group of painters|
|Rusty baler in the field|
|Horses at Wilder Ranch (I need some new pens, these are drying up!)|
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
What a great day. The rain stayed off long enough for us to do some painting and get in an exciting little hike! We saw some wild boar (a "sounder" I think is the collective term). There were quite a few of them and they can move surprisingly quickly - certainly scared the heck out of us! What a mess they make too, roto-tilling huge areas of the park in their search for food. Their little piggy footprints were everywhere.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
The day started off badly as I pulled into the parking lot and the heavens opened! It rained heavily for about 10 minutes, then just as I was considering painting from my car the rain stopped. The park was almost deserted but for the ducks and geese preening by the pond. I drew those, then moved on to a drawing of the memorial statue. By the time I was done with that the sun was peeking through and it felt worth risking the paints. I love drawing, but struggle so much with paint, but today my painting came out pretty much as I had planned. Yay! Only three of us at the paintsite today, but I expect the rain put most people off.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
What a rainy start to the Hike and Sketch. Jenny and I weren't sure anyone would want to go, but lo and behold a fair few hardy souls braved the weather! My sketches didn't turn out as well as I'd hoped. The first was way too wet from the get go and the rain dripping off the trees did nothing to improve it. With the second one I lost the values somewhere along the trail. Never mind, it was a fun adventure anyway!
Friday, October 19, 2012
Thursday, October 11, 2012
A gray day for mixing grays! We did a special on "grayed color" today and spent some time experimenting with mixing beautiful gray colors on the palette and on the paper. I found I had the most success by mixing primaries on the palette to make a neutral gray, putting that on my paper and then adding a little pure color (more red, or blue etc) to liven it up. Like our "mixing greens" special it made you think more carefully when you were painting about exactly what colors you wanted to use, rather than dabbing randomly into the palette and hoping for the best! I rediscovered Ultramarine Blue, and Raw Sienna, which I haven't used in a while! Having no green or purple in my palette I worked harder to get the complementary mixes for gray, but it was a lot of fun seeing the color mixes other people got.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
|Jose Higuera Adobe, Milpitas|
This is a great little place that has a history going back to the Spanish in the early 1800's. The trees and cacti are historic, allegedly planted in the 1830's. There are some cattle usually roaming around the hillsides and on the day we were there some turkeys were struttin' their stuff in the grounds.
Friday, October 5, 2012
Here are my sketches from a recent trip to Kyoto, Japan.
These three sketches were done at the Heian Jingu Shrine. When I sat to paint the covered bridge above lots of Japanese ladies kept stopping to see what I was doing. I didn't understand much of what they said, but they were all very friendly and admired my sketchbook.
|Heian Garden - less is more|
|Heian Jingu Shrine, Kyoto. The roof were very complex. The dragon is a water fountain.|
|Heian Garden covered bridge|
Monday, August 6, 2012
DeAnza College has a sunken garden and some lovely urns on the walls above. This one gave me a peek of the La Petit Trianon building behind.
The garden has a great geometric stone fountain in the center which is always fun to try and paint.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
|Studio painting on paper|
|Plein air painting on watercolor canvas|
Sunday, July 22, 2012
I spent a couple of days in the wonderful company of other women artists down in Carmel.
The beach was a wonderful place for people watching. Lots of little children jumped in and out of the waves. Sue and I found some wonderful kelp and stuff on the beach and fun making a beach collage with it!
|On day One we went to Point Lobos and saw a couple of elderly people watching the crabs in the tide pools|
|A view of Carmel Valley Ranch from the Organic Garden|
|Lovers Point Beach|
|Kelp - all sorts of interesting textures and colors!|