Here is a quick sketch of the house plant next to my desk. I’m testing out some new oil paints I ordered from Natural Pigments. They have a very different feel than my usual Holbein Aqua Oil colors. I’m digging them but they will take some time to get used to.
A Persidio lunchtime painting from January. looking south from the picnic table at the Persidio Institute on a misty afternoon.
Looking west towards one of the Baker Beach overlook parking lots, in the Persidio, San Francisco. One of about twenty five Lunchtime paintings that I’ve made since the beginning of the year. My plan was to paint about two or three every week on my work lunch break. Hopefully I can get back into the office by summer. Until then, time to start painting the sites closer to home.
Painted on a freezing, wet and dull January morning. The boys were sick so I set up shop at grandmas house and while they watched cartoons near a lovely roaring fire I half froze to death while painting this sketch of my moms gravel driveway.
This sketch is from late January. No thanks to the Kincade fire, the family ranch had been charred black for weeks, then we had our first rain and they magically turned a brilliant shade of green. I did my best to capture it.
Interesting side note, because the fires burned back all the grass it exposed a bunch of petrified wood in the area where I’m standing.
Avoiding C19, people and our iPads, my boys and I escaped the house for a hike up Ring Mountain. It was a lovely day so I started a painting of neighboring Mt. Tam but by the end of an hour the kids had lost their patience and water so I was forced to make a premature retreat to the car. Back in quarantine, I continued to clean up the painting a bit while they continued their adventuring in Minecraft.
I made one last lunchtime painting before Lucasfilm sent everybody home because of C19. It’s of one of the officer houses across the street from work. I cut through this yard on the way to Cafe RX nearly every week day. It has these beautiful trees. I’m sure to do more paintings here, it’s just a lovely space and has great light.
Painting in China Camp State Park again. This time on the Turtles Back hiking loop looking south towards the road.
It stopped raining for a bit so I drove over to China Camp State Park and painted the view looking west from Buckeye Point.
My son is singing and dancing in his first musical, The Jungle Book! He gets to play King Louie and does a great version of I Wan’na Be Like You. I’m very proud of my little orangutan.
All the parents are chipping in to get the curtain up so I did my part and made the kids a poster.