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Almaden Lake Park

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Almaden Lake Park

Finished this one today! I started the final stretch by creating some "sky holes" in the tree foliage and breaking up the masses.

I used some inexpensive new brushes: a synthetic filbert and a bright. I'm finding that these Taklon and nylon brushes are ideal for acrylics as they glide across the panel and enable soft edges.

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Super Bloom, Soda Lake

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Super bloom Soda Lake

The recent rain has caused an explosion of wildflowers in California. Yesterday, we decided to take a day trip to Carrizo Plain National Monument, just east of San Luis Obispo. The swaths of gold were truly spectacular. I sketched the blooms near the salt encrusted Soda Lake. M. took a photo of me as I was working.

Suma sketching super bloom

I sketched this on Bee Paper's Super Deluxe Mixed Media sketchbook, which has been recommended by several sketchers as a good, reasonably priced workhorse surface. While I've been happy drawing on Bee's Pen Sketcher's paper, the Mixed Media one just isn't my jam for ink & watercolor work. Its weight and tooth feel more suited to dry media.

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At Vasona Lake, Los Gatos

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Vasona Lake Park Los Gatos gouache

Glad that a fellow artist has resurrected the long-neglected South Bay Plein Air Meetup group. Yesterday there were three of us at Vasona Lake County Park in Los Gatos. Since I was squeezing this session in between errands and appointments, I chose to do a quick painting in gouache on Canson Mi-Teintes Touch toned paper. The sun was hot and climbing, so the paint dried almost instantly. The whole thing took less than an hour from setup to signature.


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The Diptych Is Done!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

My paintings of the hills behind our house are done and framed and up on the wall!

Hills of Gold diptych

Golden Open acrylic on canvas. Really pleased with the gold floater frames from PictureFrames.com. Here's how they look in the room.

Living room with diptych


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Day 5: Challenge Completed!

Friday, March 10, 2017

It's a wrap. Started out with sketches after breakfast at the office cafe.

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Continued through the messy commuter hour.

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Ended with the grooves of Open Mic Night at Hub's Cafe.

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Thanks Marc and Liz for this fantastic challenge!

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Day 4: The Challenge Continues

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Switched to a Stillman & Birn sketchbook as I ran out of pages in the Bee Pen Sketcher's book I was using before.

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Just 23 to go!