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 was drawn to the huddle of these men in their boats, and was intrigued by what they could be surreptitiously meeting about before their morning sales. The title of this painting seemed to aptly convey the answer to that question.
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.
I participated in Alameda's annual Frank Bette Plein Air invitational from August 2-7, 2021. This was the first painting I did - I was intrigued by how the sky was trapped in between the mighty USS Hornet and the background pier and buildings. I loaned this painting and two others (directly above) to the Frank Bette Center for 6 weeks for their Plein Air show after the painting event/sales. When I went to pick up the three paintings, I was thrilled to learn that this one had sold.