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Notes from Journey Art


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Drawing Sessions

Posted on August 15, 2011 at 11:48 AM Comments comments (13)
For the last couple of weeks, I've been attending a drawing session with live models available to draw.  It is a great change of pace to draw someone that is actually sitting in one position for a while. 
In addition I've been reading about drawing the costumed person, which has been a GREAT help.  For example, when drawing the knee, draw the front first in order to get the pose correct and then draw the back of the knee. 
Drawing is the basis of any painting, therefore I have been working on this for the last month and a half.  Also, it's easier to do with two little boy!  =) 
Watch for my two favorite drawings in the next blog post. 

Paint San Clemente Paintings from June

Posted on August 7, 2011 at 8:54 PM Comments comments (14)
Paint San Clemente Plein Air Event paintings entered:
The Watch and Clock Shop
The Surf at Upper Trestles
The Salon

This last week

Posted on June 13, 2011 at 1:13 AM Comments comments (14)
Recent Happenings
-Finished a painting at the Oceanside Lagoon.  The Lagoon is beautiful, it is a water inlet from the ocean with the colorful grasses growing from it.  My boys were with me during this lesson with Rita and it was quite a challenge to focus on painting.  I'm surprised I finished it, but I think next time I'll just stay home if I have them with me.  =)
-This last Friday we had talked about going to a vegetable stand but the weather proved dreary so we met at Rita's studio she shares with Scott W. Prior (another wonderful painter!) to paint a still - life.  This is currently in the works.
-I decided I needed to take what I've learned in the lessons and attempt to do some plein air paintings on my own.  And it proved successful!  I was juried into the Southern California Plein Air Painter's Association Aquatics show.  Praise God!  I'll be dropping off those paintings tomorrow. 
I'll work to get those paintings up here tomorrow or Tuesday. 

Santiago Oaks Regional Park

Posted on May 30, 2011 at 12:10 PM Comments comments (17)
Santiago Oaks Regional Park, Orange, CA
'The Creek Bed, Santiago Creek'
I volunteered to host the last Plein Air Paintout with SoCalPAPA (the Southern California Plein Air Painter's Association) this last Friday, 5/27/2011.  Had Rohan and Logan with me (my two boys) which was fun and a challenge to paint!  However, I did complete or partly complete a painting!  Here it is.  We were positioned along the Santiago Creek in the shade of some beautiful oak and California Sycamore trees.  Beautiful!  Come to find out it was a horse trail so I had to move off the trail before the painting was finished. 
Enjoy!  And let me know what you think.  This will be available for sale through my website and at my booth during the Paint San Clemente week coming up: June 18 - 25.  Look for posts regarding this.
Proverbs 3:5&6

New plein air paintings

Posted on May 24, 2011 at 5:02 PM Comments comments (9)
This last Friday and the Friday before I was out painting.  Yeah!  My artist friend/teacher - Rita Pacheco was there working with me as well.  The first Friday we painted at an overlook a block from my house on Camp Pendleton, here it is titled, Sleepy Friday, and is available for sale on my website.  I will also be selling prints of this one. 
The next Friday we were out at the Camp Pendleton access of San Onofre Beach.  The sun peeked out for about 1 hour and then hid behind the clouds for the rest of our painting time.  We had to memorize those sun spots!  And it started getting really chilly!  Here is that painting, an 8" x 10" called: The Sun Peeked, San Onofre Beach.  This one is also available for sale on my website.  If you are interested in a print, please e-mail me at:

Plein Air this week

Posted on May 13, 2011 at 11:11 PM Comments comments (11)
Plein Air San Onofre
What a pleasure to paint straight for three hours without interruption and in a beautiful location.  Four artists (including myself) painted on an overlook of the beautiful San Onofre area today.  Foggy and full of atmosphere that gave a feeling of sleepiness.  Our art teacher - Rita - worked us through the many challenges of choosing a subject, exacting the composition, and maintaining the first atmospheric effect.  Wonderful!  I will post the painting soon!

Gunnar Wildforss

Posted on April 27, 2011 at 12:23 AM Comments comments (21)
Paint the National Parks...
That was the practice of Gunnar Wildforss, a Swedish born artist from the early 20th century (he died in 1934 to give you a perspective.  Many of his paintings are displayed in the national parks that he painted, some of which are: Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone.  He painted in watercolor on locations, en plein air. 
So inspiring, I love the detail and the depth of the paintings, it brings you in and gives you that feeling of vertigo, without actually being there.  I want to paint with that much depth!  Look him up on Google Images and see some of his paintings.  
I would love to know what you think! 
PS.  This information was gleaned from the current issue of Plein Air magazine. 

This Week

Posted on April 17, 2011 at 11:24 PM Comments comments (23)
This week looks to be a busy one in the painting world.  Last week I worked to finish up many of my pieces, that is a slow process.  But they are coming along!  This week I will again go out and do some Plein Air paintings.  Likely I'll be at a partk in the middle of Orange County painting on Tuesday and still to be announced for the Friday painting. 
A few things to challenge myself and other Plein Air painters from a painter recently highlighted in the Plein Air magazine (he is now studying in Russia):
- Paint 2 small Plein Air paintings a day.  Nothing else will improve your use of color
Then from another painter:
- Paint 100 paintings each in 1 hour. 
So, I will take this advice and run...well Paint!  With two little boys it may be a bit slower, but I will try!  =)
The picture is a beautiful sunset we saw yesterday - I sure would like to paint this!

Garden Festival Painting and News Publicity

Posted on April 14, 2011 at 12:16 AM Comments comments (7)
Garden Festival 2011
This past Saturday I painted for the San Clemente Garden Club Spring Festival, April 9th.  Such a great opportunity to finish a painting in one sitting - good practice!  Not only that, it was a great way to have publicity with many people walking by watching me paint and talking to me.  Fun!  I didn't win the competition, the winner was Rita Pacheco with a beautiful painting of sunflowers.  I look forward to studying with her in the future. 
BUT - I was in the paper local paper with a picture of me painting.  I'm going to head to San Clemente tomorrow and see if I can get a copy of this paper. 
Here is the painting I finished called: Garden Festival 2011.  Each artist picked a flower arrangement to paint.  The flower arrangements were also being judged by the public. 
Garden Festival 2011 is a 11 x 14 inch painting.  The original and frame is on sale for: $65.00.  Please go to my webpage and click on 'BUY' to purchase this painting. 

Tom Lynch workshop paintings by Tara

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (13)
Hello All! 
Here are the pictures that I had the privilege to paint while learning under Tom Lynch.
The first is a night painting of a farmhouse with a pile of cut flowers ready for sorting the next day.  A light source is shining from outside the painting to illuminate parts of the yard. 
The next three are a whole workshop on painting sunlight and shadow. 
The first (right to left and then the one below) is a work on how the sun affects land from the sun source and out.  When sunlight shines from the source on land (as in a sunset) the color series is from yellow, orange, red, red-violet, violet, then deep blue.  After the deep blue is reached the real color can be visible.
The second painting is the sun shining through the trees.
The third is the effect of shadows cast by a group of tall trees.