This was done en plein air on a dreary overcast day at Alviso Slough. I made the colors brighter and happier.
How can a building be in the landscape and not be painted?
This was done en plein air. I moved the flag from the left to the right of the building to help lead your eye up to the focal area.
This was done in a workshop in the grisaille technique.. This image evokes memories of monsoon summers spent in India.
This is the Ferry Building in San Francisco, a regular favorite for outdoor lunch at the Saturday Farmer's Market.
I took the reference photo of the interior of the Orpheum Theater in San Francisco from my seat while waiting for the musical production of Hamilton to begin. In June 2020, I participated in Direct Watercolor, a daily challenge of creating art without using a pencil to sketch first. As I got more and more comfortable during the month, I found that I was seeing differently and was more confidently painting directly with a paintbrush without the crutch of pencil lines giving a free and loose feel to my work.
A day later, I attempted the Orpheum again in a different color palette. This might be a matinee show, while the previous looks like an evening performance. How color affects mood and time of day!
I participated in Alameda's annual Frank Bette Plein Air invitational from August 2-7, 2021. This was done for the Quick Draw event, a timed exercise to choose a spot, complete a painting, frame and hang - all in 3 hours.
I participated in Alameda's annual Frank Bette Plein Air invitational from August 2-7, 2021. This is probably the most photographed Victorian in all of Alameda and was recently sold. I parked myself across the street and painted this en plein air.
I participated in Alameda's annual Frank Bette Plein Air invitational from August 2-7, 2021. It was a bleak day and I enjoyed the design behind this composition - to leave the water white. The orange boat wasn't really orange, but it plays off the complimentary analogous palette of blues, purples, and greys.