Tag Archives: Plein Air

Carlsbad Flower Fields

I gathered up my plein air pack and drove over to the Carlsbad Flower Fields, where Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers are blooming across acres and acres. The ranunculus beds follow the coastal hills’ contours, creating mesmerizing patterns, the kind you … Continue reading

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Batiquitos Birders

I am settling back into my painting rhythms from the days before COVID. I feel so lucky to be able to go out on Mondays and Fridays, see diverse San Diego County landscapes, and then try to capture something about … Continue reading

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A Moment in the Oak Grove

I painted yesterday in an old oak grove at Crestridge Ecological Reserve in East San Diego County. After taking several hours to work on a different painting, I decided to try again. All I had time to do was to … Continue reading

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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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