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Painting at Crystal Cove this morning. Fabulous beach, headland and old cottages. Bob Francis joined me and there is another gang of painters lurking out in the shade. (H2O painters… guessing it’s not oils) I will go and see what they’re up to after my late breakfast. Rode my bike down from Balboa Island this […]

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An early start in the dawn dark. Hot Santa Ana winds this morning. Completely different from the icy morning 3 days ago “Balboa Island – Dawn” Santa Ana wind 6″x 12″ OIL on panel.   Diana, Aileen, Linda, Dustin and sister Tess at Huntington Gardens in Pasadena.

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Nocturne workshop with Michael Obermeyer My studies from the workshop today. Photo was supplied. 8×10 OIL  of mine – using the instructors technique –  just over 2 hours 6×8 using my dark tinted panel technique. 20 minutes Such great creative time to focus SO much effort on 1 subject. A great group – organized by […]

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Day ONE Limestone Canyon

What a start to a great trip. A day out with a gang of fellow painters, hanging on in the back of a truck, exploring the canyons and back country of Irvine Ranch Conservancy. Such Fun. Thanks to talented painter –  Monica Edwards – for her volunteer efforts, support of Irvine Ranch Conservancy and a lovely […]

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Arrival CA. sunset stroll

Painting on location for the next week on Balboa Island, Newport Beach and Laguna coastline.CA. A case in point…for right time – right place. This will be my homework tonight after I unpack. I will be up in the back country tomorrow at 7am. In the canyon lookout hosted by Irvine Ranch Conservation area.

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California – here I come

All packed up with plenty of panels and 300 lb watercolor paper. Tripod/easel, folding stool and even my best Bella – as the weather looks promising. No dress shoes this trip. Follow my adventures ( almost ) daily as I explore the coast and canyons near Laguna Beach, meet up with fellow painters, friends and […]

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IN PROGRESS – Homesite Creek. Waterfall 03          18 ” x 60 ” acrylic on canvas Starting with layers of blended glazes and wet-in-wet on the canvas, the structure of the landscape comes into play. The challenge for me is to allow the glow of the underpaint and light of the canvas […]

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VCBF exhibition and PAINT OUT

Our day in VanDusen Gardens could not have been better. A spot of rain just as I pulled into the parking lot with tents, chairs, banners and paints – and then the sun broke through and graced us for the rest of the day.  We had 9 of our 11 BC Plein Air painters working […]

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VanDusen Plein Air activities APRIL

We’re almost there –  after a month or so of seeking out the best trees and and views I am down to touching up 5 paintings. 2 canvasses and 3 panels…and I will add one final piece on the day of the PAINT OUT & PICNIC April 20. Watch Carol McQuaid’s great little video about her printmaking […]

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VCBF – chasing the Cherries

Well I started off sketching on location in mid February… and it has been a real challenge this year. Snow every couple of weeks and still very chilly temps have kept the blossom under wraps. On the street here at Dumfries & 21st. Part of my inspiration for the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival paintings and […]

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