Tag Archives: Plein Air

Pine Tree and Thunderheads

I went down to the meadow expecting to paint the distant Sneffel Range which normally dominates the view to the south. But the mountains were hidden by an incoming storm with mesmerizing clouds. So I painted the thunderheads framed by … Continue reading

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Camping in the Laguna Mountains

The Laguna Mountains rise to about 6,000 feet (1800 meters) in eastern San Diego County. The area is full of meadows, tall pines, and oaks. The Lagunas are a delightful place year-round, particularly in the midst of summer heat. We … Continue reading

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Out Sketching in Balboa Park

Today is our second day without COVID restrictions. It feels so good to be out and about again, although many of us are still clinging to our masks. This morning I went to Balboa Park and sketched a bit. I … Continue reading

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A Lagoon Near Del Mar

The days where we can comfortably stand in the sunshine and paint for hours in San Diego usually come to an end in June. So I went to San Dieguito Lagoon near the Del Mar Fairgrounds, and enjoyed the good … Continue reading

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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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