With the change from Daylight Savings time to Standard Pacific time only one day away, the threat of winter loomed. My artist friends Ruth Andre and Howard Rees and I decided to try to catch a final paint out opportunity and we couldn't have been luckier. The day was gorgeous and after the morning coolness passed, it was shirt sleeves and sun hats all day. Both Howard and Ruth live in this beautiful country, scene of the California Gold Rush, and although I only live 40 minutes or so away, I don't visit often enough. Each time I do, I'm impressed all over again.
We drove down some narrow paved roads used mostly by local residents and found countless places to paint. I neglected to bring my camera, unfortunately, so I don't have pictures of Ruth and Howard, but Ruth took these two of me and was kind enough to share them.
I'm using my new EasyL plein air easel for only the second time. I broke it in on the trip to Bodega Bay and I'm really enjoying it. So easy to set up and use with the colors right below the canvas and everything right at eye level. This is a well crafted easel with the outdoors in mind. I recommend it and plan to do a 'review' on it soon. As you can see, the day was warm and sunny.
I wish I had pictures of the others hard at work, but I have only this one of Howard's set up. He got a very good painting of this scene..