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SEDONA retreat – great stay place

Back in 2012 Brian & I embarked on about 6 weeks roadtrip through California and the Southwest. My recent stay in Newport Beach reminded me of some wonderful creative locations in the south western US that I would like to share. Especially with the upcoming Plein Air Convention in Santa Fe New Mexico this coming […]

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Day NINE

Working in my moleskine on the back of my bike rack. Not many seats or stopping places and a VERY busy running and cycling path/roadway.  I was happy to sit aside the trail and enjoy the changing reflections shimmering across the tidal inlet at Newport Reach and Back Bay – along with the many ducks, […]

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Mission S.J.C. 3pm light.

“3 pm light. MISSION San Juan Capistrano CA. 8×10 watercolor on 300lb CP. The late half of my day was spent in the shade of the mission arches. A lovely quiet and cool spot. Late light was the best. I didn’t bother venturing inside for the full “tour” of the site…but grabbed a spot to […]

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Day EIGHT

love old architecture. Today was a study in rustic town frontage and cottages in Los Rios neighborhood and the the afternoon in the shade inside the walls at the Mission San Juan Capistrano. Yes same place of Swallows fame. So many palm trees and beaches. This will be a different creative zone. And there will […]

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Day SEVEN

Laguna Beach. Kind of fantasy of spectacular views with shops and cafes only a block away. Heisler Park is astounding. Dawn till sunset. A day well spent. Some sketches and small panel rough ins…but a zillion pics to ponder Acrylic on panel 8 x 8 in   in Burnt Sienna fluid acrylic. Working in my moleskine […]

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Day SIX

4:30 start down at the waterfront to catch the full moon eclipse     back home for a re-sleep and then out on my bike to Balboa Pier for some sketching in my Moleskine Bare feet in the ocean and sand this morning, then a gelato as an excuse to sit in the cafe and sketch […]

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Day FIVE

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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Day TWO

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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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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