|Beached at Balboa, study, 8"x10", oil on canvas panel, $100|
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This study was done last week at Balboa Island, California, under a bright blue sky and full sun. The sun was so warm that I ended up with a heat rash where my black jeans were in the direct sun. I thought this little boat would be a good quick study. It had a cover pulled over it, so it wasn't going to move anytime soon and the values were clear and definite. After I did a quick value study in black and white paint, and sketched the scene on my canvas with thinned paint, I started to put in my darks. And along came a guy in another small boat, who pulled his boat up right alongside "my" boat. He hopped out and took off down the street. As Kim said, "Welcome to plein air!" Even though my view was blocked, I decided to carry on, and the guy came back about 20 minutes later and took off.
We are home from our long weekend trip. It was a really fun time, and I discovered some new painting destinations for the future. I'm looking forward to getting back to painting daily. (I had painted a couple of paintings ahead last week so I could post them while I was gone.)