I like painting just before the sun starts to set. I will work in multiple mediums to get the most out of it. This was one of the three oil sketches completed during my visit to northern California last month.
This was the first painting of our trip to Bodega Bay. It may be Lucas Wharf as opposed to harbor. Pam thought that this building was a restaurant. While I was painting this couple with two boys walked up to chat. The father was teaching the boys to fish for crab. His youngest had just caught a crab. The oldest focused on me painting. I sat on a bench to avoid the chilly wind. Once finished we dined at the Lucas Wharf Restaurant.
Another plein air painting from our visit to Bodega Bay, California. We went all the way up to Jenner, California. Years ago we were in Jenner; it was a beautiful little place. I was working with my large format Crown Graphic camera then. I remember Pam telling me that I was on my own setting up my tripod and camera because it was way too cold.
On my way to work sitting at 12th and Lamar waiting for the light to change, I saw this homeless man waiting for the walks signal with his shopping cart of possessions. I liked the way the light struck his shirt and skin. Later on that week coming from a dental appointment I saw him walking down North Lamar.
After a long day of painting outside in Pam's garden, I painted this nighttime picture from her kitchen. I would cut the lights out, memorize and then paint. I had a few copper panels in my paint box so that was my surface. I hadn't worked in oils for a while. I should do more plein air oil painting. I work quicker outside using watercolor and pastel. Plus the cleanup is much simpler in my opinion.