Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Sandy Beach, Vallejo Ca.

(gouache on 7" x 10" watercolor board)

I was looking forward to painting out on the jetty, which offers a closer view of the Carquinez Bridge and waterfront homes but upon my arrival it was fenced off.

Looking across the San Pablo Bay, here's a view of several munition storage bunkers along Mare Island's Heritage Preserve.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

American Cheesburger

There's nothing more classic and more American than a good ol' fashioned cheeseburger. Here's my art submission for the Aaron Brothers "Show us your America" contest.

(gouache on 7" x 10" watercolor board)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Presidio Door

The temperatures have dropped a bit, leaving San Francisco gloomy, windy and chilly.....which is quite normal Bay Area weather. When it's this brisk outside, it takes a little longer for my paper to dry. After laying down the first layer I immediately ran back to my car and defrosted my hands for a good 15 minutes. I wish I stayed another half hour to work out more details, but according to the increased winds... it was time to pack it up & retreat!
(gouache on watercolor board)

Here's a painting of one of the two doors to the Presidio Film Centre. Great cafe inside (only open M-F), large ballroom for weddings and events, and private screening room in the basement level.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Point Richmond, Ca

I began walking around the Miller-Knox Regional Park to find a spot to paint. The shoreline views were great....The Richmond bridge to the right and the Ferry Point & Angel island to the left. But the morning was so chilly I decided to find another location to hide from the cold winds. I remembered passing this RED tunnel on my way into the park.
So I set up on the sidewalk and against a chain link fence. It was just enough room to allow pedestrians and bikers to pass. Just when I began applying my first layers of paint....the sun comes out! The winds stop, the sky is clear and the temperature...much warmer.
(gouache on 7" x 10" watercolor board)

History: "Ferry Point Tunnel". It leads to the Miller-Knox Park and into the Brickyard Cove (Marina, Condos, waterfront property). The tunnel was constructed in 1899 and is one of the oldest such structures in California. The mural (2 pelicans and typography) was created by artist: John Wehrle (commissioned by the Point Richmond Neighborhood Council in 1996).

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