Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Plein Air Mondays

Keeping it local this week, we painted in Los Gatos. It was a very HOT morning - I'm definitely going to have to invest in a better sun umbrella! (I've heard good things about Bestbrella)
#pleinair #losgatos #saramordecai #glenridge #toohot #landscapepainting

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

American Treasure: Gregory Kondos

Everyone should know his name, recognize his paintings. Gregory Kondos.

I took a week long Plein Air painting workshop from him last summer. I was blown away at his work and he was a very good constructive teacher.

Today I made a pilgrimage to Sacramento's Crocker Museum. (Which is a fantastic museum! HELLO?! San Jose! Come on, we can do better!)

Ok. The Crocker's current special exhibition is a Kondos retrospective. From across the room many of his paintings look like photos, realistic. Up close they are alive, dancing, juicy and expressive. Color, design, energy; each landscape is breathtaking.

GO! Show ends May 19.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Plein Fierce

Check us out! 700+ Plein Air painters all along the coast near Asilomar. Later, we became "Extreme Painters" when the wind picked up something fierce!

I always wonder if I've chosen the right view, the right spot to paint. Well not today! I arrived to the location a little early, walked around until something caught my eye, set up my gear and started in.

When I was nearly finished and took a look around me for the first time, I saw Randy Sexton, Camille Przewodek, Brian Blood and Jeremy Lipking were painting right next to me. I guess I picked an OK spot!

Friday, April 12, 2013

I have a Problem... Still

My dream palette/pochade arrived! Open Box M, 11x14. I had a piece of glass cut to fit and am ready to break it in! She's so lovely and smells really good too!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Day 2, Monterey Plein Air

Most beautiful day! A choir of barking seals, abundant sunshine and envious views. Lucky me, I'm here painting!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Pre Painting

The 2nd annual Plein Air Convention begins tomorrow so I'm down in Monterey a little early to do a bit of pre-painting.

My new Open Box M pochade came last week so I had a piece of glass cut to fit and put it to work today... It's great!

#pleinair #pleinairmagazine #monterey #openboxm #oilpaint