Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Acrylic landscapes

I have spent a couple of days in the studio working over some old paintings and making some new ones. Every now and then I get very frustrated with watercolor so I switch back to acrylics for a change. The painting above is from a photo and memory of Don Edwards Nature Reserve looking across at the Coyote Hills. Worked mostly wet in wet with brush and palette knife.
This painting is a poured piece with additional brush/palette knife work.  It's been in my studio for a long time and started out life as something very different.  It finally told me what it wanted to be! There are two poured layers on it and some different gel mediums for texture.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Syngenta Flowers, Gilroy

 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.

After lunch I this view of the flowers and various greenhouses caught my eye so I stayed to paint another quick one in my sketchbook.

Oracle Buildings

I had lunch with my daughter the other day and she works close to the Oracle buildings so I did some sketching while I was there.  Its a lovely spot for walking and enjoying the views.

Hike and Sketch Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge

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.