I paint a lot of stuff related to Fort Bragg, California. Its a very inspirational place. Texas inspires me too but the landscape is too familiar at times. Anyway this is a painting of the Noyo Harbor in Fort Bragg. I took this photo during my most recent visit. We had just dined at Silvers.
I met this man at a family gathering. I take lots of pictures during these events. I like painting people in my family. I remember years ago painting my Uncle Carl and seeing paintings of myself during the process. I think this person is family by marriage.
I used one of the two plein air sketches of this old pier as inspiration for this painting. The poles amaze me for some silly reason. This place has a really interesting history. You get the best of both worlds because it has a lake and the ocean. The lake has ducks etc and the ocean has the gulls.
This painting reminds me of an Alfred Hitchcock movie. I worked from a plein air sketch for this the second exploration of this image. I was sitting on the beach when I painted the first study: this is the first copy in watercolor. It takes me back to the time and sensations when I copy a plein air sketch.
I like when people don't pose for photos especially children. For their age they can at times appear to carry the weight of the world on their tiny shoulders. This little one was actually pushing a toy when I snagged her photo.
Below are prior versions of this scene. I was with my friend Tony going to a musical. I had my cell phone with me and took this picture. The pastel version won 3rd in show from the Austin Pastel Society this year.
I have been working a lot from my plein air sketches. I did a drawing and small painting on site. I used those as inspiration for this studio piece. I really like the afternoon light on the rocks and vegetation. These houses overlook Pudding Creek in Fort Bragg, California. The drawing done onsite is posted below. I thought that a different format would work too.
When I paint the sunset I am smiling so that's why we have this title. I have painted most of the day before it gets to this point and I am artistically loose. The paintings flow and I am in heaven. The ocean gives me this feeling.
Recently my family reached out to our family in the Sulfur Springs, Texas area. We have had reunions, holidays and just plain fun this year. I, being the artist get an entirely new group of people to paint and photograph. Plus it adds to my family series. I have painted Laroyce quite a few times. He is one of my cousins. I wonder if we were friends as kids. I find him to be funny plus he cooks good. He makes a great painting like all of my family.
I used an acrylic plein air sketch as inspiration for this painting. I was sitting on one of the benches That had just amazing views of Richmond harbor and a the surrounding area which was lush with spring greens.