Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Spring 2012 Art News

For the week of March 11th I'll be one  of 15 artists out painting the beautiful desert scenery in Anza Borrego State Park, in and  around Borrego Springs. With the recent rains, the wildflowers could be pretty good this year. Its a great time  to enjoy the weather and the scenery either way.
Drop by the Borrego Art Institute to see the fresh new paintings at 587 Palm Canyon Drive. Its new  location will be on Christmas Circle. We'll be working all week around the park, dropping off paintings as we finish them. To find us, well, If you find a nice scene or shade, we might be nearby.
Express Yourself in Oils "Painting Class" will start up for another 8 week session on March 22nd and go thru May 31st. It's offered through the SVUSC Recreation Dept. New and beginning students are welcome. We meet at Aliso Intermediate School, in Mission Viejo. To sign up go to

In May I'll exhibit in Torrey Pines during their Art in the Pines event May 5-6th. That's such a lovely location you'll enjoy an outing to this event. I'll also be one of the artists exhibiting in the Artist's Tour in San Clemente May 6th. (Yes, somehow Ill be in two places at the same time!)

Also on March 31st I'll be giving a workshop Saturday at Art Supply Warehouse in Westminster on Palette knife painting in oils.
Materials are provided The Cost is $45. You  just need to show up!! Bring a friend!  You can sign up at
(Just scroll down til you see my paintings and class description.)

In February I demonstrated for the Seal Beach Art League. This is the not yet finished pastel with an oil underpainting.

The Eastern Carribean Artcruise workshop.
What a lovely part of the atlantic to experience. The color of the water vared from prussian blue to turquoise with so many incredible nuances of blues transitioning to violets as the light shifted at the end of the day.
How often I have tried to convey water like this. How magical it was to be swimming in it or lying on the beach under the hot sun relaxing , if only for a little while.It was quite wonderful to slow down and just breath it all in. 
We worked during the seadays on the ship. I kept the students busy with projects and went through a number of steps focusing on light. I addressed the color and  temperature  changes of light based on times of day and also discussed shadows, along with front back or side lighting. There was plenty to digest . On port days students could explore or paint on their own. I also offered an opptional plein air painting opportunity on Eleuthera, which was the perfect place to paint. We stopped there first then went to St. Maarten, St Thomas and last was Grand Turk. As much as I wanted to dive, I opted to snorkel instead and wasnt dissapointed. The fish were colorful and plentiful.  A final walk at sunset along the water's edge was the perfect end to a wonderful cruise.

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