I loved the wintery redwoods from last week, but it felt great to start and finish a sketch in the relative warmth of San Diego this morning. We are experiencing a cold spell here too but, as you can see, it is still warm enough for shorts and definitely warm enough to paint comfortably outside.
I began this painting because I liked the way the shadow on the left side of the scene and rails across the back and right made a visual box. When the man came along and sat on the bench, I debated waiting him out but eventually, included him.
This is a 12 x 12-inch gouache sketch on black paper.