Working in a different media

Tried a little glass blowing. Working with fire and molten glass is a totally different experience. There were some creative overlaps but also some very unique skills I learned. Working with hot glass is a bit like patting your head and rubbing your belly simultaneously. Oh yeah, and its super dangerous! It was a ton of fun and a nice change of pace from using brushes.

Pooped Puppy Painting Pal

Best painting companion ever. Cassie loves going out painting with me. She gets excited when I start to pack my gear. Then she sleeps for almost two days when we get back. Content and exhausted from being on watch.

Blocking In

Typically I block in the big shapes as a first step in a painting. In this one, it worked better to block in the background first and then work the foreground.

Blocking in the background helped define the lights and darks for the remainder of the piece.

Blocking in the background helped define the lights and darks for the remainder of the piece.

The finished piece. After working the foreground, I went back in to finish some of the background details.

The finished piece. After working the foreground, I went back in to finish some of the background details.

4th of July at Crystal Cove

Love painting here but boy was it crowded. When painting at the beach, always make sure to keep sand out of your palette!

Putting paint on your palette is tricky at the beach. I'm intentionally super tidy during this part of my set up.

Putting paint on your palette is tricky at the beach. I'm intentionally super tidy during this part of my set up.

We walked pretty far down the beach to get away from the throngs at Crystal Cove. It was a great day, once we found some uninhabited sand :)

We walked pretty far down the beach to get away from the throngs at Crystal Cove. It was a great day, once we found some uninhabited sand :)

Finding Shade in Pacachu State Park AZ

I don't typically paint with an umbrella but it was hot out in Arizona. The Plen Air Conference in Tucson was an amazing experience! 900 Plein Air painters playing in the same sandbox - unforgettable! Can't wait for next year! #PACE16

  Finding Shade in Pacachu State Park, Arizona

 

Finding Shade in Pacachu State Park, Arizona

Heading out to the Big Island

Paint supplies are packed and ready!

 

I lay my palette out the same overtime for efficiency. From left to right, cool to warm, including two separate pots of white (one for cool and one for warm mixing).

I lay my palette out the same overtime for efficiency. From left to right, cool to warm, including two separate pots of white (one for cool and one for warm mixing).

Practice

At my recent Matt Smith workshop, we spent time working on the warm and cool shadows found in the red rock of the Utah and Arizona National Parks. This is a study I did from a demo Matt did. 

PAL Auction

This is going to be a beauty. Headed to the PAL auction this week.

Pasadena Court of Appeals and San Gabriels, check. Next up, foreground, Colorado Street Bridge and 210 fwy.

Pasadena Court of Appeals and San Gabriels, check. Next up, foreground, Colorado Street Bridge and 210 fwy.

Headed to Scottsdale

So excited to study with Matt Smith in Scottsdale. Such an amazing red rock painter and a nice guy to boot. Check out his beautiful painting below and his work @ http://mattsmithstudio.com

         Matt Smith                                                                                 www.mattsmithstudio.com

         Matt Smith                                                                                 www.mattsmithstudio.com

Colorado

Had an awesome trip to Cheley Colorado Camps in Estes Park (www.cheley.com). Inspiring people, places and paintings. Also had a great day out to Rocky Mountain National Park where we saw Bear, Elk and the glorious turning of the aspen. Breathtaking - and fun!

Sarah and me goofing around :)

Sarah and me goofing around :)

Catalina Island Camps and Ocean Futures

Great week at Catalina Island Camps (www.catalinaislandcamps.com) with Ocean Futures  (www.oceanfutures.org) and Jean-Micel Cousteau! Some lovely people and paintings!

Me and Jean-Michel

Me and Jean-Michel

Howlands Landing, Catalina Island

Howlands Landing, Catalina Island