The year starts off for me with a bunch of new plein air paintings out the gate. These were all local Santa Rosa scenes, with a few locations revisited. Other subjects were of places I’ve gone by many times without ever painting. The only good thing about the drought is the abundance of sunlight in winter months. I took advantage by going out most of my free days to “bike&paint.”
"A Touch of Class" 9.5x6.5 in. oil on linen mounted on board. $500
I liked this one enough right after doing it that I put it in a frame immediately.
"The First Of The Year" 6x8 oil on linen mounted on board. $475
This one has a freshness to it that is really appealing to painters. It’s rare that I nail the atmosphere and color while keeping it so loose with the brushwork.
"Through The Thick" 9x12 in. oil on linen board. $700
This one took the longest to do. I spent a few days 45-minutes to an hour at a time trying to get it right, and ultimately took some reference photos to finish the leaves and branches.
"A Short Day" 11x14 in. oil on linen. $900
After a good rain is my favorite time to paint. The moisture in the air, the retreating dark clouds, the spots of light… All “painter-porn.”
"Liquid Gold" 9x12 in. oil on linen board. $700
This painting I started from life, then it rained a lot, thus covering my vantage point with water. I had to come back afterwards with my camera. In this painting I pushed the golden light quality to the extreme.
"Same As It Ever Was" 8x10 in. oil on linen board. $500
I really like the way the grass came out on this one. Although the paint is thin, it took a lot of layering to get that effect.
These paintings are all going to be for sale at the Frugal Collector show at the Christopher Queen Gallery in Duncans Mills. Reception is Sunday March 9th. I hope to see a few of you there!