California Paint Out- Davis CA 9-21-13

It was a fun morning driving to Davis, CA and participating in The Great California Paint out hosted by Natsoulas Gallery. The overcast morning was a fun change from expected sunny skies of Sacramento Valley. 

Setting up near the stream.

Setting up near the stream.

A ways into the painting

A ways into the painting

The relaxing painting environment didn't last long however, I was soon packing up and making a run for my car as the rain started to come down. Since it didn't look like the rain would be letting up I popped the hatchback up and made myself a cozy spot in the back of my car. A perfect time to try painting rainy streets. 

crosslegged balancing a palette on one knee and canvas on another... 

crosslegged balancing a palette on one knee and canvas on another... 

Along the Arboretum  - Oil on Linen

Along the Arboretum  - Oil on Linen

Rainy Streets - Oil on Canvas

Rainy Streets - Oil on Canvas

Works will be auctioned off tonight at Natsoulas Gallery along with all other plein air painting pieces from the Paint Out. Reception 7-9, Awards at 8 pm. 

Land and Cityscapes

Heres a few to just enjoy! 

This will be in the Annual Portfolio Show this Sept. at Rehfeld's Gallery

This will be in the Annual Portfolio Show this Sept. at Rehfeld's Gallery

This is up at the Red Dot Gallery in Sacramento, part of the Urban Visions show. 

This is up at the Red Dot Gallery in Sacramento, part of the Urban Visions show. 

A local favorite - Gunther's ice Cream!

A local favorite - Gunther's ice Cream!

CAC Painting Retreat - Tahoe

California Art Club, Greater Sacramento Sierra Chapter hosted its first annual painting retreat. It was a chance for artists to join together for a weekend in the gorgeous Tahoe outdoors - talk, share inspiration and ideas, and paint. 

Painting by the Truckee River on Sat afternoon 

Painting by the Truckee River on Sat afternoon 

views from Fri evening painting

views from Fri evening painting

Tahoe trees

Tahoe trees

It was an incredible experience to get away and focus on plein air for the weekend. We often painted together and could stop and look at each others work through out the day. We painted mountain vistas, lakes, ponds, gorge, and the Truckee River. The diversity in Tahoe made it an extraordinary  opportunity to paint a variety through out the weekend. 

My quarters for the weekend.

My quarters for the weekend.

Gathering in the lounge at night

Gathering in the lounge at night

Sunday's View - Winding, cold and absolutely gorgeous!

Sunday's View - Winding, cold and absolutely gorgeous!

Its hard to choose what spot was my favorite to paint. I think it may have been on Sunday when we painted the rocky terrain overlooking Lake Donner. The view came at a price as I had to climb a half mile up boulders with my heavy gear to find the perfect spot. It was breathtaking in more ways than one... The view included beautiful solid mountain stones with wind blown trees and receding mountains in the background. The overcast day also added to the fun and challenge, making it my favorite spot from the weekend. 

Getting to my spot on Sunday

Getting to my spot on Sunday