Palms & Parrots

plein air painting by Sterling Sheehy of parrots in the presidio
Oil on linen board, 6x8in

Lucasfilm has an abundance of palm trees and parrots, here are a few I painted at lunch. Northwest view about one hundred meters west of the Persidio gate bus stop.

Trail painting

A quick lunchtime study. Looking north on the trail just below the arguello gate lookout, in the Persidio, San Francisco

water color based oil painting
8x10in oil on board

Wood Pile Hill Painting

oak tree painting
25×20 cm Oil on board.

A plein air study painted at the Robert Young Estate.

My boy Wiley and and I hiked up the hill behind my Grandmas house to do a little painting. It was blisteringly hot and we only lasted about 1.5hrs before we melted. Wiley was a champ, he painted for about twenty minutes then for the next hour shared an in-depth thesus on the pros and cons of different Minecraft hacks. We had a great time.

Below is his artistic contribution.

Wiley’s study oil on canvas

Under the Picnic Table Oak Tree

Oil Painting by Sterling Sheehy
Oil on Canvas, 48×76 cm, June 29, 2019

Looking west over Alexander Valley. This is a plein air painting I made in the family vineyards. We were experiencing a heat wave that day and I started melting after three hours in the sun, so I painted what I could then turned tail and retreated to a swimming pool. A few days later I cleaned it up in the home studio.

Star Wars Comic 1997

I found an old comic of mine from freshman year at USC. If I recall correctly a party we had in the dorms was broken up by RA’s “residential advisers” and campus police “DPS”, so I lampooned it in the school paper, the daily Trojan. This strip was probably only funny if you were there, and high.

Luke and obi talk about blast marks

The old oak painting

Oak tree and Red Barn oil painting by Sterling Sheehy
before it was a white winery the barn was red

After a twenty year dry spell I’ve started painting in oil again. For a brief time in college I gave it a go but life on the road made it an impractical medium for me. Instead I spent the last twenty years with my nose to a computer. Over the last few months I’ve fallen in love with the medium again. It’s both a struggle and a joy remembering how to use it. I never had any formal training in oil so I’m I’m starting from scratch. I’ve been watching YouTube videos on everything from brush care to oiling out canvas. I’m having a great time. I love all the added complexities oil painting brings.