Monday, December 10, 2007

Famosa Slough Colors

I started this painting on location this summer and finally took another look at it (in the studio) this weekend. I will rarely go back and do this much on a plein air piece. This one was just a block-in at the end of the first session and I've had it in the studio waiting for a finish. I was really drawn to the wonderfully vibrant yellows and oranges in the foreground. What a surprise it was!

Famosa Slough Colors, 11 x 14, oil on canvas panel SOLD!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

ACEO tomato1

These minis are becoming quite fun for me. I'm enjoying them as a "small" series- examining the differences between transparent and opaque colors, direct painting versus glazing, using a variety of brushes. All of this while still maintaining a similar-looking outcome. Among other things, it shows me that there are many ways to get to an end.

ACEO tomato1
ACEO tomato1 by Liz Abeyta, 2.5 x 3.5 oil on paper

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

SD River Estuary in Fall

What a beautiful day it was overlooking the estuary. This was done in the afternoon, looking east. I've been to this spot before, in the spring, and what a different scene this was. This fall, the estuary was golden with little water running through it. It was good to get back out there!

SD River Estuary in Fall by Liz Abeyta, 8x10, oil on prepared panel of the San Diego River Estuary
SD River Estuary in Fall, 8x10, oil on prepared panel

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

More minis

I haven't had much time to get out and paint so I've painted a couple more of these ACEOs. I'm really enjoying it, too.

ACEO pomegranate1
ACEO pomegranate1 by Liz Abeyta, 3.5 x 2.5, Oil on paper
ACEO pear1
ACEO pear1 by Liz Abeyta, 3.5 x 2.5, Oil on paper
ACEO tangelo1
ACEO tangelo1 by Liz Abeyta, 3.5 x 2.5, Oil on paper

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Anthony K. Bento Memorial Fund

Proceeds from the Adams Avenue Grill show will go to the Anthony K. Bento Memorial Fund. This is such a tragic loss and all of our thoughts and prayers are with his family.


Art Cards, Editions and Originals
These are miniatures: 2.5" x 3.5" on prepared 300lb. paper
ACEO apple1
ACEO apple1 by Liz Abeyta, 3.5 x 2.5, Oil on paper
ACEO garlic1
ACEO garlic1 by Liz Abeyta, 3.5 x 2.5, Oil on paper
ACEO onion1
ACEO onion1 by Liz Abeyta, 3.5 x 2.5, Oil on paper

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Cowles Mountain 2

Trying to enhance the late summer SoCal colors in this one.

Cowles Mountain 2, 6 3/4 x 12, oil on canvas panel

Lake Hodges Eucalyptus

Lake Hodges Eucalyptus by Liz Abeyta, 8x10, Oil on linen panel
Lake Hodges Eucalyptus, 10x8, oil on linen panel

There's a lot to paint around Lake Hodges and I love painting eucalyptus trees especially. I did this one mid-afternoon, so the shadows and lighting weren't as great as they could be- but I hope I captured what I could of the tree's character.

Monday, September 17, 2007

New website launched at

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Workshop with Ray Roberts

Torrey Pines, Guy Flemming Trail 1, 9x12, oil on linen panel

Torrey Pines, Guy Flemming Trail 2, 8x10, oil on linen panel

(Quicksketch) Torrey Pines, prickley pear cactus, 6x8, oil on linen panel

(Quicksketch) La Jolla B&T - pond, 10x8, oil on linen panel

La Jolla B&T - beach, 8x10, oil on linen panel

I had a two-day workshop this past weekend with Ray Roberts. We painted at Torrey Pines and La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club (near La Jolla Shores). These were two fantastic locations and I learned a lot from the workshop. They both presented some challenges- TP is all about eliminating the excess and La Jolla's foggy morning gave us a chance to work on a quick value study as the fog burned off.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Alley Off Ray

I painted this based on a study I did on location several weeks back.

Alley Off Ray 2, 11 x 14, oil on Raymar linen panel

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Show Opens at Adams Avenue Grill

This is a very exciting day.

Today we set up for our 7 week run at the Adams Avenue Grill in North Park, San Diego. Christina and I spent a very hot morning hanging about 40 pieces. I've included a few pics of the result.

Click image above to view Liz's paintings available at Adams Avenue Grill

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Coronado Bridge from Tidelands

Went over to Coronado yesterday. It was a beautiful day for painting and for playing in the (little) waves.
With a few mods:

Coronado Bridge from Tidelands, 9 x 12, oil on canvas panel

Monday, August 27, 2007

Penasquitos Preserve

On good advice, I modified this one a bit. Here's the updated version:

I did this one Friday afternoon. It is the entrance to Penasquitos Preserve- a popular hiking and mountain biking area. I had been here painting once before and really enjoyed the views. Finally made my way back.

Penasquitos Preserve, 8 x 10, oil on canvas panel

Lake Kumeyaay

This is Friday morning's attempt. The lake was nice but we were told by Rangers that it is slowing drying up and will eventually become a wetlands area. So, I'll be back and capture it while it's around.

Lake Kumeyaay, 9 x 12, oil on linen panel

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Famosa Slough Heron

I'm experimenting a bit with my painting process- trying to get values down better. So with this one I did a grayscale underpainting in acrylics, then applied oils over the top. I like what it does- makes it easier to stick with the value plan and not break up the masses too much.

Famosa Slough Heron, 11 x 14, acrylic/oil on prepared panel SOLD!

Here's the black and white underpainting.

Compared to the desaturated finished painting.

Near Mission Trails Dam

Here's the one from the dam area of Mission Trails. I went there with the Sage Group last Friday. No touchups (yet) on this- but I'm not 100% satisfied with it. Not sure what it is- values I think.

It was such a hot day out there. We tried to get on the river early but I set up right in the sun for this spot. There are a lot of good references in this area- I'll be going back for sure.

Near Mission Trails Dam, 12 x 9, oil on panel

Saturday, August 18, 2007

La Jolla Viewpoint

Went back to Mission Trails yesterday for a hot morning of painting. Haven't taken a pic of it yet. However, today I did this one overlooking La Jolla.

La Jolla Viewpoint, 11 x 14, oil on canvas panel

Friday, August 10, 2007

Mission Trails 2

I met up with Christina and Betty from the Sage Group today out at Mission Trails. We painted over by the visitors center. The colors were really vibrant even though we haven't had much rain.

What a great place that is.

Mission Trails 2, 9 x 12, oil on linen

Island Dinghy Landing

We went to Shelter Island the other day. The kids loved playing in the water while I painted the dinghy landing with the city in the background.

Island Dinghy Landing, 8 x 10, oil on prepared panel

Sunday, August 5, 2007

WIP- Koi Pond I or Sharks and Minnows

I took several photos the other day in and around Balboa Park. The kids loved the koi pond near the Botanical Garden. There were several kids playing 'Sharks and Minnows'. I took pics as I was working on this one.

the drawing

the block-in

further along

the finish. Koi Pond I, 9 x 12, oil on linen panel.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Sedona Sidetrip

This is on the trip home.

Sedona side trip, 8 x 10, oil on panel

Santa Fe WIP- work in progress

This was done during Plein Air NM's Workshop Week with Doug Higgins. I had a really good time- he's quite a character. His work can be seen here. (click to see)

Lots more to be done on this one. I only got as far as the block-in. We mostly watched Doug do an extended demo- between rainstorms, that is.

WIP, 11 x 14, oil on prepared panel

Randall Davey Preserve

These were done during Plein Air New Mexico's workshop week. Lorenzo Chavez was the instructor on this day. He was really a wonderful teacher. His work can be seen here. (click to see)

At Randall Davey Preserve, 10 x 8, oil on panel

Randall Davey Adobe, 8 x 10, oil on linen panel

Friday, July 13, 2007

Backlit at Marian Bear

Backlit At Marian Bear, 8 x 10, oil on canvas

It was a nice morning at Marian Bear Park yesterday. I had about an hour to paint so I did this small one. There is so much to paint here. I even saw a coyote, snapped a few pics of him. Maybe I'll incorporate him into a painting.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Presidio View

Presidio View, 8 x 10, oil on prepared board

We have a group that goes out on a weekly basis to paint the San Diego River. This is last week's effort- it is painted from along Sea World Drive. Some artistic license was used - maybe this was the view 50 years ago. The structure on Presidio Hill is the Serra Museum.

It was a beautiful day out there. The fish were jumping, as usual.

View from Qualcomm

View from Qualcomm, 10 x 8, oil on linen on board

Still painting the San Diego River. I did this last month and I'd like to go back and do another. The greens in the River were so vibrant.

Monday, May 21, 2007

River Days 2007

River Days 2007- the Estuary from Quivera, 9 x 12, oil on prepared panel

This was done as a part of the River Days festivities put on by the San Diego River Park Foundation. "The vision of the San Diego River Park is a greenbelt from the mountains to the ocean along the 52 mile long San Diego River." What a fantastic cause!

Although the day was the epitome of "May Gray" there was so much to be learned from it. Perhaps the motto of my day was "make the most of it." I saw hints of color in the sandbars and the distance and tried to emphasize and push it just a bit.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

SD River Estuary, revisited

SD River, revisited, 8 x 10, oil on panel

I painted this last week. I've been doing several paintings of the SD River in preparation for River Days, a celebration of the river and a day for clean up and building awareness. The Sage Group is hosting a plein air paint out on Saturday morning. Should be fun. I'm looking forward to it!

Monday, April 30, 2007

SD River Estuary

SD River estuary from Friars, 8 x 10, oil on prepared panel

Fish in the River were jumping a foot out of the water! Unreal.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Dog Beach

Dog Beach Jetty, 9 x 12, oil on prepared panel

Dog Beach, 6 x 8, oil on canvas panel


I'm trying to do more in and around the San Diego River. These are from Dog Beach.