Tag Archives: Plein Air

Another Danish Tree

I have been using a lot of crayon-resist lately. I like the texture and mix of colors it gives when it is overpainted with a simple gouache wash. I also appreciate the crayons for being so easy to bring along … Continue reading

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Homework under a Tree

I can’t be sure that the project these three were working on so seriously was their homework, but whatever it was, it had their full attention. I wonder, in 50 years, will these three girls look back and remember a … Continue reading

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A Dock Leading to Adventure

I was drawing at Søndersø Lake in Denmark when some children came along and began to play in front of me. In an instant, the sketch changed from being about a spring afternoon along a lake to being about three … Continue reading

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The Florida Canyon Traihead

One of my favorite San Diego views is the view of the Florida Canyon Trailhead from the Rose Garden at Balboa Park. It is especially compelling in late spring when our rainy season is ending, and the foliage is young … Continue reading

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Down at the Harbor

I went down to the Embarcadero to paint San Diego’s historical boats at the Maritime Museum. There were eight or ten of them representing different eras, from sailing ships through submarines. None of them were decked out in pastels, but … Continue reading

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Palm Canyon’s Ferns, Roots, and Trees

Palm Canyon, in San Diego’s Balboa Park, is multi-level. There is a place you can stand by the roots of a great banyan tree and look across to a pedestrian bridge that goes over it as well and look down … Continue reading

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Saturday Afternoon

During our recent camping trip, I painted several paintings from the same location along a bluff overlooking a popular surfing beach. Although I stood in the same spot and saw similar sights, the time of day made a considerable difference … Continue reading

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