Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Pastels - Point Reyes, CA

Limantour Beach @ Point Reyes, Ca.

It rained in the morning but let up... just enough to paint. This was quite a tricky view since the heavy fog kept rolling in/out of the hills. But still a fun experiment with watercolors and pastels. Both of which... would get destroyed if it ever rained, LOL.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Plein Air - Yountville, CA

(9" x 12" watercolors & gouache on watercolor board)

Long Horns @ Yountville, Ca?

I thought I'd never see Long Horns unless I visited Texas??? Last weekend I visited the town of Yountville, CA. Another great tourist spot for wine tasting and yummy bakeries... not to mention the world famous restaurant, French Laundry and owner Thomas Keller.

You might have remembered seeing Keller on the DVD Special Features of Ratatouille.... where he served as a consultant during Pixar's culinary research for the 2007 animated film :)

So back to those Long Horns.....

I didn't feel like setting up around the restaurant where there's way too much foot traffic so I continued driving and turning onto Yount Street. It began to look like a lonesome road that would most likely take me to a private winery. And just before I drove any further a huge Long Horn was hanging out by a large tree!!!

I was just in awe.... seeing these Long Horns up close but remembered to keep a SAFE distance. That was not much of a sturdy fence! So I parked my car off to the slanted shoulder and set up my easel. Above is a progress shot.... with blown out lighting due to the direct sun light right above me. One of the disadvantages of doing plein air in the late afternoon. I'll be sure to scan in the final painting and share, Thanks!

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