On a gorgeous midwinter Sunday, I swung by and picked up Hyeg and we headed out to the old plein air stand-by, Palos Verdes. It was the first plein air painting I had done since the new year, but more important, it was the first painting with my new hat. Can a hat come in handy when you’re in the field? More than I knew…
Turns out the place I had chosen, although beautiful, was also facing due west, which meant that for the last two hours of our session, I was literally staring into the sun. I had to keep adjusting my hat as the sun was setting, finally settling on a head tilt/low brim combination.
One other note about this momentous day: this was the first time I had ever painted a bougainvillea, and painting a bougainvillea is a lot easier than cleaning up after one.
My sister is in town, so we made a trip down to a new spot in PV. As I was setting up my painting paraphernalia, my sister, wife, and the kiddo decided to take a walk and leave me to the sun and waves. It was an absolutely perfect day.
Definitely feeling better, and hopefully the painting is proof of that. I, and the many friendly people who stopped by to say hello, didn’t think I was going to be able to pull this one off, but in the last five minutes, the whole painting came together.
Made it out of this one alive!
Hyeg and I had such a great experience up in PV last weekend, we decided to go back for Round 2. This time, the wife and kiddo were with us, and the four of us wandered until we found “the perfect tree.”
Is that a stunning view, or what? Yep, that’s Malibu off in the distance…
We got there at 2p and stayed until it was nearly dark. Our setup was a little less dangerous this time around, and a lot of people stopped by to see what we were up to.
We were both pretty happy with ourselves today.
On November 17, my friend Hyeg and I went up to PV to paint. It was a crisp fall day, but there was a surprising number of people who had ventured out into the sunshine. The park we went to overlooks the ocean. The vista is amazing, with views from the tip of Malibu to the Hollywood sign to downtown L.A. and all the way over to Redondo Beach. It is the perfect place for plein air.
When scouting for a good vantage point, we decided to stay close to the parking lot (a logistical decision more than anything). Even so, we had some great views of the cliffs and city.
We picked a precarious spot; Hyeg had only two feet of cliff before a rather sudden drop. I, on the other hand, was safe and in the perfect position to watch Hyeg fall if he slipped. Needless to say, he kept very close to his easel.