Thursday, November 29, 2007


Arboretum 8"x10" oil on panel

I had a lovely day yesterday at the L.A. County Arboretum. I walked quite a bit before deciding on a view that wasn't constrained by a mass of greenery. The day was overcast, but I was intrigued by the angles this view created. I guess it has helped to have an environmental design background. I believe I can appreciate what the designer has created in a three dimensional image. Of course I still have to consider what I can capture visually.

I had fun with this view, though it shows nothing of the acres of Botanical Gardens behind me. Nor does it bring to mind the 50+ geese on the grass to my right. They ended up in the pool before I left, and it reminded me of a teen pool party. Noisy as heck.

As I should have predicted the shapes of the reflections on the water were interrupted by the great staff of the gardens turning on the fountain. The reflections were a part of what attracted me to the angular perspective, so I left it in. Creating much of it by memory.

The Errand

You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a fine spirit of hope of achievement. You are here to enrich the world and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.

-Woodrow Wilson

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


Found a few handmade gesso panels and I decided to bring out some gouache. Still haven't decided whether or not I will try it again. I much prefer gouache on a porous surface.

Found myself at Eaton Canyon again with Ginny, and Carolyn. Being the day before Thanksgiving, many of our group are traveling, or starting to prep for their feast.
It turned into a perfect day in the foothills, and pockets of color grabbed our attention.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone. I hope you are able to take a moment to write a gratitude list. We are so blessed.

Eaton's East Side5"x7" gouache on wood panel

Monday, November 12, 2007


Shadow View 9"x12" oil on linen panel

Structure 8"x10" oil on canvas panel

I have been having fun lately looking for abstracted plein air views. It is not easy to tune out the wide vistas I find myself in. Occasionally if I wait long enough I can narrow my view and see something that captures my eye. Both of these were done in the Pasadena Arroyo. The top one being a small bridge that allows you to get across the wash safely. I was taken by the colors and shape of the shadow. The second was painted very close to the first. It is a view of the bottom curve of that same bridge but I liked how the chain link fence posts were creating interesting abstracted shapes. Very difficult not to get too detailed but still paint all the textures and colors in a pleasing composition.

I might play with these a little bit more, but I want to keep a record of where I left off when I stopped painting for the day.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Photographing Artwork

Here is a great tutorial I came across today on Empty Easel about photographing art, if you don't have a 20' studio to do this in.

Photographing Artwork

In addition, when you are asked for slides of your work, here is a great resource to be able to take your digital images and reproduce them. I have not used this service, so let me know if you have good results. Some juried shows have been fine with receiving the digital image on CD.

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