The first day was along Bodega Bay painting the boats at dock. A pleasant surprise occurred when a homeowner who lived nearby came out to see us and ended up purchasing my first painting of the trip.
|First Painting of Trip, Purchased on location by resident (9x12 oil)|
|9x12 oil on canvas panel|
With that very flattering start to the day, I had a bowl of very good clam chowder and then did this view of the same dock area in the afternoon. I liked both of these paintings and felt that it had been a very good painting day.
|Schoolhouse beach, 2nd painting of the second day.|
Our next day was a visit to Schoolhouse Beach just North of Bodega Bay. It was foggy all day, but not too cold. I painted two scenes that day.
|Schoolhouse Beach 1st painting of the second day.|
The first, a study of rocks along the shore, started out with promise, but I lost it somewhere along the way. To make it worse, I succumbed to the temptation to add a half hearted wave breaking against the foreground rock. Pathetic. However, I think I am going to revisit this painting soon and see if I can't save it. I think if I push the background rocks a little further away and create a bit of surf between the front and rear rock groupings, I may end up with a passable study. The second painting of the day was of a point jutting into the ocean. Once again, I think I can "finish" this painting with some bolder strokes in the land mass, giving weight and dimension.
|Bodega Church 12" x 16" oil on canvas|
|Fence in Bodega Oil 6"x6"|
|9 x 12 oil on canvas panel|
|Tomales Valley Scene 8 x 16 oil on panel|
|Kathy and Sierra|
A good trip with wonderful people and artists!!