This is a field sketch of an interesting barn in Sonoma. I liked the strong verticals of the trees, and their long shadows. While I was painting, the owner came by and said she might be interested in buying it when I was done. I told her I'd be happy to send her a photo when I was done, and that I'd do a larger studio version as well.
I had such a disappointing day of painting yesterday I just couldn't face my easel today. So, for the Daily Paintworks' "Lion Challenge" I went to the iPad instead. This is completely from scratch (not painted over a photo etc.) Brushes works a lot like the way I use acrylics, but I'm still getting used to it, and it's terrible for small detailed strokes, which is actually ideal for me.
One that got away. A bit of a non-sequiter since this is a much older painting, but someone spotted it in my pile of old paintings and wanted to have it, and I noticed that I had never posted it. Back to new stuff soon.
Just checked in with the Daily Paintworks weekly challenge as I was putting the finishing touches on this and couldn't have gotten luckier with the matching theme. Sending it off to be part of the show at Bean There.
Again, the limited palette of black, white, yellow and red. No blue.
A familiar scene to anyone following this blog. However, now I can paint it more loosely and quickly. I laugh when I revisit some of my earlier pool scenes, with the precise "drawing" of every visible object, and all the hard edges and a sea of greens that are all the same. This one isn't some great crowning achievement, but it did boost my confidence quite a bit.
I also got a new lightweight travel easel for my birthday that weighs next to nothing and is easy to set up. It feels a little flimsy, but is actually a pretty solid platform when it settles in. It's the Oil Painter's Package 200 from SunEden. Perfect for longer hikes ventures into the park.
Another in the Alamo Square series, thought this one does have a touch of blue in it. This is a large apartment building at the top of the park that often shines out above everything else in the neighborhood, even when the skies are gray. You can see the tall trees of the park just behind.