A quick lunchtime study. Looking north on the trail just below the arguello gate lookout, in the Persidio, San Francisco
A lunchtime plein air study at the palace of fine arts
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.
One more Sketchbook finds its place on the shelf.
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.
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.
A small sketchbook from 2017
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.
This probably explains why I haven’t posted much in the last year: Star Wars Resistance
The old miner escapes into his mine, confident Dick and Don will be unable to track him in the dark labyrinth.