oil painting

Thinking About Color

“I just start painting very excitedly and the last thing I think about is my palette. Most of the time, composition keep me so busy I completely forget about color.” “I feel like an outsider during visits to the art store. I must be the only person in the universe that does not know what colors to buy!” “My palette is so garish. Everything looks fine in the beginning but when I finish I see my colors are too bright for my taste.” Color is one of the dimensions of design that seems the most inscrutable. While almost everyone can appreciate size, texture and contrast, color perception is highly individual. To complicate matters, as humans we have developed a series of terms to discuss color that vary enormously from person to person. Then there’s col...Read More

Plein Air Sundays Session 8

Topic The cell phone as a tool of the landscape painter. Directions To Lake Anza No exact address is provided by Tilden Regional Park, but the lake is located at the end of Lake Anza Rd. The exact GPS Coordinates are 37.89700°N / 122.25359°W If coming from Richmond, el Cerrito, Berkeley or Albany: Go to the intersection of Arlington Blvd and Boynton St. Get on Boynton, go uphill until you see Colorado Ave. Continue going uphill until you hit Michigan Ave, then Spruce. Turn left on Spruce. You’ll cross Grissly Peak later, and find yourself on Wildcat Canyon Rd. Go on Wildcat until you see a Lake Anza sign pointing to your left. You will get to the multiple intersection, and take the one that seems to go in the opposite direction, which should be Lake Anza Rd. We’ll meet at the v...Read More

Plein Air Sundays Session 3

Topic How to begin a landscape painting part 2. Event Location Changed! – Directions to Hoffman Marsh There is a plant sale at the Tilden Botanical Garden. No parking and too many people around for us to paint comfortably. Directions to Hoffman Marsh On highway 80, get off on Central Ave and go towards the bay. Make a right on Rydin Ave. There won’t be a sign. It is the first right you’ll see as you drive towards Costco. If you see Costco you have passed Rydin. Park anywhere along Rydin. There will be a lot of dog owners parked there. Walk towards the dog park entrance but don’t go in. I will be standing there with my gear.

Plein Air Sundays Session 2

Topic How to begin a landscape painting part 2. Safer painting practices. Directions to Miller Knox Park Take 580 in the direction of San Rafael. Get off at the Point Richmond/Canal Blvd exit. Make a left at the ramp in order to get on Canal, then make a right on Cutting Ave. Continue on Cutting until you hit Garrard, then make a left and go through the tunnel. When you get to the other side, you´ll be on Dornan Dr and will see Keller Beach to your right. Pass the Golden Gate Railroad Museum at 900 Dornan Dr to your left, and enter the last of a couple of Miller Knox park entrances to your right. If you find yourself at the Ferry Point Trailhead, you’ve gone too far.

Blake Garden Did Not Disappoint

Yesterday was our first Plein Air Fridays session at the Blake Garden. The day was beautiful and the temperature, perfect. This Berkeley garden did not disappoint those of us who were hoping for an afternoon free of cold wind and overcast skies. Everybody was on time and we met near the reflecting pool, where dappled light dotted the grassy area around it. After a demo on how to use a viewfinder and how start an acrylic painting, the students dispersed and I began making rounds. I forgot how much walking is involved when students are spread out. The Blake Garden spans ten acres! There are two spaces left in this class. Registration ends June 30.

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