Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Feb 2 - Plein Air Painting in California!

Can it get any nicer to sit in short sleeves and sunshine and paint outside?  I don't think so!  Over at the University of California Riverside, in their Botanic Gardens, I spent a delightful half day getting my wrist moving with the oils on location.

Two 7 x 5 canvases later, and I packed up my gear and walked around the twenty eight acres of lush landscaping back to my car.  This little first one was done in the succulent gardens, looking toward Box Springs Mountain and the "C" in yellow up high.  At this time of year, the succulents and cacti are all in bloom or nerely so, and the colors are gorgeous.  I'm a lucky artist in that I can get out and paint all year in this climate! 

I hope the rest of the country is getting out from under the ice and snow of the past few days.  I wouldn't mind living where you are, as each area has its own charm and positive attributes.  But in February, I'll take short sleeves and sandals, if it is the same to you.  Please come visit me!

Here's the view from the high point in the Gardens, taken while I walked back to my car looking out over the UC Riverside campus toward Mt. Baldy across the Inland Empire. Please note there is no snow on the 10,006 foot peak?  That's Southern California.  No jacket on me, either.

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Happy Little Trees Studio said...

It looks wonderful!!! Beautiful countryside!

Frank Zweegers said...

Beautiful painting!