Monday, August 18, 2014

Shark Fin Cove, Davenport



Shark Fin Cove, Davenport
original oil painting, 6x6, $150
Viewpoints Gallery, Sept 2-27
 
The cliffs along the PCH near Davenport are sheer and dramatic in scale.  The color of the water is a mixture of greens and blues that look clear and pure.  This area is called Shark Fin Cove, because one of the rocks looks like a shark's fin, it's on the right edge of the painting.
 
We visited the Bonny Doon tasting room recently, which has excellent wines and a laid back rustic charm. Across the street are views of the ochre cliffs.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Ellis St, San Francisco

Ellis St, San Francisco
original oil painting, 14x11 $400
Viewpoints Gallery, Sept 2-27
 
A view on Ellis Street near Larkin on a sunny day in San Francisco. The Hotel Essex is the gray building on the right.  It has a cool sign that lights up in neon at night. This is the Tenderloin district, which has been historically kind of rough.  This particular part of the street looks like it's been evolving or gentrifying, or at least it looks pretty good to me.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Santa Cruz Apartments

Santa Cruz Apartments
original oil painting, 12x12, $375
 Viewpoints Gallery, Sept 2-27
 
These colorful apartments are off of 41st Avenue in Santa Cruz. They have an ocean view and are steps from the surf spot called the Hook - so they are popular with surfers.  I loved the turquoise color of the apartments against the vibrant colorful flowers.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Peggi Kroll Roberts' workshop

Lesson: Limited Strokes
from Peggi Kroll Roberts' workshop

I just completed a three day workshop with Peggi Kroll Roberts.  My favorite lesson was "limited strokes," you only have 20 brushstrokes to complete a painting.  It forces you to keep big areas of shadow and light together, so that each area reads as a big block of value.  It also forces you to use a lot of paint on the brush.  For example, if you want to cover the whole background with the same color of paint - in one brushstroke - you have to load up the paint on your brush so you can keep going.
  
I highly recommend Peggi's workshops.  She's an excellent teacher and extremely knowledgeable about figures and still life painting.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Martin's Beach, Half Moon Bay

Martin's Beach, Half Moon Bay
original oil painting, 11x14, $400
Viewpoints Gallery
 
I've been lucky enough to paint at Martin's Beach in Half Moon Bay recently.  One of the dramatic rock formations looks like a shark's fin.  If you walk around the cliffs on the beach you will see this view at low tide.
 
I tried to get the range of colors in the sand in this painting.  When the sand is wet, it has purple and blue tones and gets darker.  The color of the sand is much lighter and warmer  when it's dry.  Also you can see the tide pool on the right with the dark rocks that trap some of the water which reflects in the sunlight.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Beach Volleyball 4


Beach Volleyball 4
orginal oil painting, 6x6, $150
Viewpoints Gallery

Summer is here, everyone was in Santa Cruz last weekend.  Beach Volleyball 4 is part of the Hello Summer show at Viewpoints Gallery in Los Altos.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

California and Polk, San Francisco

California and Polk, San Francisco
original oil painting, 11x14
Viewpoints Gallery
SOLD

I started this painting about a year ago for a show in San Francisco.  I was intimidated by the complex composition, so I set it aside.  I picked it up again a couple of weeks ago.  The wide asphalt street, the grooves for the cable cars and magenta building on the right were challenges . . . but I finished and I really like the painting.

It's on display at Viewpoints Gallery in Los Altos.