Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Beach Trail Pano

Pastel, 27 x 11
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San Clemente's beach trail after the sun has set.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Cabrillo Playhouse

Pastel, 12 x 9
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The local Playhouse in my home town of San Clemente has so much character.  On this clear sunny day, it caught my eye with all the color and contrasts.  I really enjoyed painting it and the finishing strokes were adding the telephone wires.  I almost left them out, but they were there and it added some interest to the sky by scratching them in.  The playhouse opened in 1966 and is still active today.

I'm honored to share that this painting was awarded 3rd place in the San Clemente Art Associations Members Paint San Clemente Event.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Mission Lily

Pastel and graphite, 12 x 7
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I enjoyed working more spontaneous and loose with this one.  Allowing the terra cotta surface to peek through more and adding some graphite gestures in the end.  I might try this again with another color of lily just for fun.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

"Morning at the Mission" - The Mission San Juan Capistrano

Pastel, 16 x 12
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I took a walk through the Mission in San Juan Capistrano the other morning right when it opened.  It was so peaceful and the light was warm and still a bit low casting nice cool toned shadows across the lawn and pathways.