|"The Palms of Las Palmas" 7x10 oil on panel $300|
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
|Las Palmas Beach 12x9 oil on panel Sold|
|Jolyn and Rob painting at Las Palmas|
|Sunset at Las Palmas|
Sunday, February 16, 2014
|"Cerritos Surf" 10x10 oil on panel Sold|
|The palapa at Cerritos|
The idea was to get there early enough on Sunday morning to beat all the beach goers that would be showing up to enjoy a day off.....and that we did! My wife, Ann camped out at the surf club on a deck chair under an umbrella enjoying a good book while we painted the rocks and ocean surf.
|Frieda working hard|
|Margi working on her seascape|
The students enjoyed the shade and the beautiful day at the beach! everyone did great even though painting surf can be very challenging ...even for the teacher!
As we were painting several boats raced in through the surf and hauled up on the beach to clean their catch. It was quite a show and a Mexican family who shared the palapa with us was happy to get what was left over after filleting the large fish.
|Ann enjoying the view overlooking Cerritos Beach|
Thursday, February 13, 2014
|"Calle Sin Nombre" 10x10 oil on panel|
Calle sin nombre means "street with no name" and there are a lot of those in Mexico! The sun bakes the red dirt roads and reflects into the very air bathing everything in warm light. I was glad I brought along my trusty, wide brimmed, painting sombrero! That thing has kept me comfortable in many hot locations.
This view of Pescadero was painted from the top of Jolyns house where she had a traditional palapa built by local Mexicans. Not only does it make a great place to hang out and relax in the shade but it also helps to keep the house cool in the summer when temps can reach 120 degrees!
|Painting under the Palapa|
I also went around and offered suggestions and answered questions from the other artists. I wanted to make sure they didn't get discouraged. Painting landscapes on location is one of the hardest things an artist can do and even the best aren't always successful. When you give it your best shot and still have a stinker, best to chuck it into the nearest arroyo and try another view.
|Me and Ann having our morning coffee|