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Sun on the Cliffs at Torrey Pines

I went back again to Torrey Pines and painted the same scene as I did three other times in the past week. I feel like I was able to integrate what I learned about the shape of the cliffs, the … Continue reading

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Second March Morning at Torrey Pines

I painted some 30-feet away from the same spot as I did yesterday and I painted on a rectangular white watercolor board. Again, I used an underpainting of acrylic and then overpainted with watercolor and gouache. This sketch has a … Continue reading

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Torrey Pines Canyon

I painted up on the mesa at Torrey Pines today. I sketched an area with sandy ground that looks across the mesa towards the cliffs. In the end, I thought the sketch looked too flat and empty. So I added some … Continue reading

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Waders

I was painting very quickly, just doing exercises to try to capture the movement of the water. When these two youngsters walked into my sketch, there was still room for them, so I added them in, and it made a picture. The … Continue reading

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Peñasquitos Lagoon Again

I wanted to go back to the location where I painted yesterday to paint again today but was too busy. Instead, in the evening, I used yesterday’s painting along with a few photos and painted at my desk. My intention … Continue reading

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Torrey Pines Beach

It is worth the 30-minute drive to paint at Torrey Pines. The day was gorgeous, slightly cold, and windy enough for good wave action. I focused on capturing the water current and cloud action with my brushstrokes. This is a … Continue reading

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Los Peñasquitos Lagoon

A few weeks ago I sketched at Los Peñasquitos Lagoon. Although I liked that sketch I thought it was missing signs of life.  Today I went back and did a rough sketch of the same scene, this time using much … Continue reading

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Tide Going Out At Los Peñasquitos Lagoon

The plein air group painted this morning at Los Peñasquitos Lagoon, which is part of the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve located just north of San Diego. The lagoon winds its way through the salt marsh and emptied itself pretty rapidly … Continue reading

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