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Painting Broadbill at Ventura Harbor Village & my Studio

Well, this was an experience!

I started painting en plein air again. That means you stand in front your subjects and paint them. It’s part of my warm up for an event in May. More on that in another post.

Part of the plein air experience is to be part of the scene and respond to it. I was just trying to stand, it was really windy. It was also cold but the cold was kept at bay with my outfit. My outfit completely changes me from what I normally look like, which is muted colors and jewelry.

My plein air look

Black trench coat
Baseball cap
Giant black headphones
Black fuzzy booties

I look like I am in hiding out or I escaped from a cult but I was wonderfully warm.

Plein air painting keeps it fresh and challenging. There is no other way to get fresh color like this. The wind won out in the end as it was moving my arm too much. I did get to meet some nice fishermen.

I went home and started the studio version, using a photo I took, plus the plein air study. The study had all the lovely color information that I needed. The photo was for structure and all the fun bits on ships and boats.

I chose this vessel because it was black and white, a fun challenge to paint. Especially, since I don’t have black on my palette. White, yellow, red, blue and green is what I use.

Time to mix! That was fun mixing different shades of black. Green-black, blue-black, red-black and my favorite orange-black. It was fascinating seeing all those lovely colors inside the black.

So here it is.

11″ x 14″
on a cradled wood panel

I will be at Harbor Village Gallery on Friday, February 26th @ 11 am along with this painting, stop by and visit.

Take care out there,


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Sunset Study in Blue & Orange

I got a new medium and I switched to bristol paper for this one. I forgot how lovely bristol paper is to paint on until another artist mentioned it in her IG feed.

Oh right, the medium. Now I can achieve brushstrokes easily. I like to have options when I paint, just a few.

What do you like to do during this weird time? I ask because this pandemic is wearing on me. Any form of entertainment is wonderful. I got a text earlier today asking if I ever considered the army. The army? No, I said. But have you ever considered buying a painting? Maybe, was the answer. That entertained me for hours.

Tomorrow I am off to the gallery and then I will give a painting tutorial.

Anyways, painting has helped me a lot to stay engaged and stay safe. What do you do to keep the boredom out?