Thursday, December 4, 2014
Another great day plein air painting, this time on Murphy Street in Sunnyvale. We arrived before the stores had really opened so it was fairly quiet, although the wonderful aromas from all the restaurants had my stomach growling before I even started painting! Above is my view before stores opened, below is the same view after they opened. My second painting was much quicker, looser and more fun (for me anyway!) I loved the mannequins that the Isobella Boutique put out on the street.
Friday, November 21, 2014
It's been 10 years since I last did an open studio, but I've been painting a lot this year so I've decided it's time! My super talented daughter, Kat will also display her work. So come along and see what we've been up to this year.
Rust colored vines, moist gray clouds
Fermenting grapes season the airThis is a gorgeous spot, even in the rain! The weather couldn't make up it's mind - rainy, cloudy, rainy, oh sun for one minute, then rainy again... the trials of plein air. My sketch below was the first one, which mother nature decided to have a heavy hand in! Raindrops really took over and it looks for all the world like I threw a ton of salt on it!
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Friday, October 3, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Monday, September 8, 2014
Another lovely spot to paint. The rows of flowers provided a gorgeous sweep of color leading into the distance. I'm too impatient to paint individual flowers so I just went for a general feeling of color.
Later I decided to sketch the corn, as it has such interesting long wavy leaves.
I've been very remiss about posting on my blog so this is another catchup session. Here are sketches I did on our recent Hike and Sketch at the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge. This was always one of my favorite places but I had never hiked here before. I really enjoyed the hike and the beautiful views.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
The next day I visited the Harvard Natural History Museum and drew some skulls and fossil skeletons. The museum has some wonderful things on display including glass flowers, which it is famous for, and now glass sea creatures including models of octopus, jellyfish, sea cucumbers, etc.
|Bighorn Sheep, stuffed and skeleton|
|Kronosaurus - 42 foot long pleisiosaur, from Australia. Wouldn't like to have met one of those! Chomp, chomp!|
|Glyptodon - cousin to the armadillo - but MUCH larger - like 2 tons!|
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Above, is the plein air sketch I did.
Friday, June 20, 2014
|Indian Rhino - minus his horn|
|Maribu Stork and Zebras|
I felt bad for the Maribu Stork, who is a rather ugly fellow and all the kids squealed with horror to look at him. Certainly he has a face only a mother could love, but I liked him because he was so curiously odd looking.
|This tiger was asleep - so we thought we could get away with painting him - but no he wakes up as soon as the paints are out and moves away!|
|The kangaroos were all sleeping when we got to them - some of them just lounging on their backs!|
Thursday, June 5, 2014
|I have always loved this little stone bridge by the mineral springs. Its like something from a fairy story - I expect a troll to appear from underneath. Here was a school party looking for funnel web spiders - I hope they didn't see any!|
|This was right before our lunch stop. Getting down at creek level was perfect.|
|A 5 minute sketch sat in the blistering sun! The view from the South Rim trail was amazing, but it was way too hot to sit in the sun for any longer than 5 minutes so it was a case of splash on some paint and hope for the best.|
Monday, May 19, 2014
|Ohlone structures at the park- built from Tule Reeds|
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Not as sweltering a day as expected - but pretty hot all the same! With our drought conditions Cupertino are not filling the ponds here this year, so the view was baking concrete. There were a couple of ducks waddling about wondering what had happened to their home, poor things. However, with a little painterly magic, hey presto, water and reflections! If only it were this easy to really conjure up H2O.