Friday, February 29, 2008

Lake Murray Eucalyptus

I can't believe I haven't seen this scene before as Lake Murray is a place I've explored quite a bit. I mean, this just grabbed me and I couldn't wait to paint it. I only had my camera with me, so this is from my memory of the day, with some help from the photos. I know I'll be going back to paint it on location- can't count on that gorgeous sky again though.

Lake Murray Eucalyptus, 8x16, oil on linen panel

Monday, February 25, 2008

Morning at Batiquitos Lagoon

I spent a day this past weekend exploring Batiquitos Lagoon. This is a great location with loads of potential paintings. I tried to focus on the design of this one. I modified the scene in front of me to try to better express the feeling of the place- sort of like using Photoshop on location- picking and choosing which elements make the painting work. This is a challenge for me, but one that's worth taking on.

Morning at Batiquitos Lagoon, 12x12, oil on linen panel

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Morning Light in Fallbrook

I just spent a week up in Fallbrook at a workshop by Libby Tolley. What a fantastic experience! Libby is an extremely talented artist and instructor. We focused a lot on design- moving the eye around the painting. I tried to really keep this in mind as I was working on this piece.

I fell in love with Fallbrook. There are so many beautiful spots up there- I will definitely be returning, brushes in tow. Last week, we had lots of gorgeous clouds giving us terrific light and shadow. Hope I captured the feel of the day.

Morning Light in Fallbrook, 12x12, oil on linen