Category Archives: Landscape

South Bay Salt Works

My friend said, “Let’s paint at the South Bay Salt Works.” I looked up the building on the Internet and thought it seemed too industrial. But I went anyway, and when I stood looking up at the old building, cranes, … Continue reading

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Reflection Pond in December

It was a gorgeous December day in San Diego, warm, bright, and perfect for a painting trip to the reflection pond at Balboa Park. Before leaving the house, I had the thought to paint the pond with the Timken Museum … Continue reading

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San Diego Bay Wildlife Refuge

About 20 years ago the south end of the San Diego Bay was restored into a wildlife refuge. The railroad was dismantled, roads were removed, and channels were cut. Now the area is a rich marsh full of birds and … Continue reading

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Bayside Artist

My friend and I were painting at Kanaka Landing in Liberty Station, here in San Diego. We were standing at our easels and my friend said, “All we need is someone to come and sit on this bench.” An hour … Continue reading

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Rocks and Boulders

We went to Elfin Forest and enjoyed the fall colors, such as they are in San Diego in November. I had been meaning to improve my understanding of rocks and boulders, and the location was perfect.

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Archer or Arches?

Balboa Park has a 30- acre archery range that winds its way under Cabrillo Bridge and along a canyon full of eucalyptus and palm trees. We painted at the target practice area at the start of the trail. It was … Continue reading

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Birds of Dog Beach

I went to Dog Beach expecting to paint dogs as they ran and chased. But there were only a few dogs, surfers, and onlookers. The birds, however, were abundant and I eventually gave in and sketched them into this gouache … Continue reading

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