Author Archives: Sarah Sullivan

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A Run in the Forest

We went up into the Laguna Mountains east of San Diego for an afternoon of hiking and painting. The campgrounds are all closed because of coronavirus, but the hiking trails are open. We walked a mile or so along a … Continue reading

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The Palm Tree Next-door

I admire my neighbor’s palm tree very much. It reaches far above the other trees and changes color as the sun and clouds move across the sky. Birds in the area fly in and out of its foliage and skirt … Continue reading

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Back to Zoom Sketching

I am fortunate to be able to sketch with my cousin’s group in Fresno, via Zoom. As you all probably know, California has had to tighten up again with coronavirus restrictions, so we are back to sheltering in place. Thank … Continue reading

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Sunset in the Meadow

When I look at the collection above of the plein air paintings that I did on our recent trip to Colorado, I notice that I am reluctant to include people in the landscapes and to use vivid accent colors. Since … Continue reading

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Storm over Horsefly Mesa

I had a few unfinished sketches from our recent Colorado trip, including this one of Horsefly Mesa. A storm came in while I was painting and I walked back to camp when the rain began to fall in earnest. I … Continue reading

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Sky and Juniper

Yesterday, several brief storms swept across us, making for spectacular skies. The movement of the clouds seemed to match the uneven shapes of the trees and ground. We head back to San Diego today, especially grateful in this pandemic year, … Continue reading

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Ponderosa and Junipers

It seems a bit strange to abstract a landscape while out painting plein air, but somehow that is what happened to this painting yesterday. As I worked to show the shapes of the foliage against the many layers of the … Continue reading

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