The title comes from where I go when I see a beautiful sunset over the Pacific Ocean. I got a new sets of Terry Ludwig Pastels for the holidays. I've been taking them for a stroll. The under painting is watercolor and the surface is print making paper.
On the last day of our visit in Fort Bragg I painted over at Lake Cleone in Mackerricher State Park. The birds were comfortable having a snack at my feet and playing in the lake. I painted them and took pictures with my phone. It was peaceful and the atmosphere was amazing. This place definitely needs more attention as there is so much more to explore and paint.
I loved the way the light fell on the grass.
This is one of my camera phone images of the area.
Anyone that follows this blog knows that I follow my partner Pam's advice on when to stop painting. I was going to add more layers and more detail in the ocean. Pam told me twice to leave it alone. Here it is. This cloud I painted as it appeared on the horizon and added it while on site to my painting. The initial cloud sketch is below.
I did my studies in gouache for this visit. I like having a color study as a road map. This cloud floated by as I was painting this seascape. I did a sketch of the cloud in my sketch pad and added it to the painting.
Painted from the hotel balcony. We had been out all day at the beaches and my painting muscles were warm. I had a bunch of paper taped to boards so I could work on multiple pieces at the same time. Painted during the sweet light hour.
I had two pieces of black paper taped to my board. We were standing on one of the cliffs as the sun was setting. I was able to get two paintings in. I think that over the years my eyes have learned to see more colors than would meet the normal eye. My corneas are flat maybe that explains it.
My brother in laws brother asked me to draw him over the holidays. I was sitting around sketching during a family gathering and he turned around and said draw me. I executed a quick sketch in my book and took a photo. I plan on another version in pastel. He has an interesting face with many challenges.
I actually finished this painting last year. Those of you that follow this blog recognize this scene. This is the largest version at 30 by 22 inches. Its a scene from the Northeast Texas area along the Sulfur Springs, Texas highway. I hope that all of you had a happy new year and that it is filled with joy and success.