As I wrap things up on this 5-Day Art Challenge I realize that there are newer paintings I need to get cracking on scanning/photographing, so thanks for looking at these with me (again). These were all done on-site around San Diego County, except for the one called Main Street Vista. I did do a plein air sketch of the scene earlier that really wasn't much to look at. I used it to make this idyllic vision of my hometown on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
Rolling Days 2 and 3 of the 5-Day Art Challenge into one post, but I kind of like looking at all of these pictures together. The first two are some plein air watercolors I did at Cabrillo National Monument. I'm embarrassed to admit I've lived in the San Diego area most of my life but had never visited until recently. I lucked into having a small part of a project to update wayside markers there in anticipation of the monument's centennial. The next two images are the 2 ft by 4 ft illustrations I did for the new markers. Sadly, they're still sitting in someone's office (I hope) as the centennial plans were canceled due to sequestration.
My friend and fellow artist Shiho Nakaza has nominated me to take part in the 5-Day Art Challenge. If you don't already know what it's about, the participant posts three works of art for 5 days, and nominates another artist each day. Those artists post to my Facebook page and to the pages of artists they nominate. These little plein air paintings were some of my attempts to capture the lovely places I found in Kansas and Missouri. When I left Kansas to return to California, I felt sad that there were so many scenes I hadn't gotten around to painting. So it goes.
I have a passion for plein air painting. I try to capture and share the moments of beauty I find. You can see some of my work online at: