Plein Air Painting

dscn2630.JPGMy wife Cathy and I look forward to painting outdoors in natural light whenever we can, usually on Thursdays. Cathy paints in oil and I attempt watercolor. Cathy is a wonderful painter and cartoonist. Maybe you’ve read her comic book: Mad Raccoons. Last week we went to Peck Park near Monrovia, Ca. The view of the San Gabriel mountains was sharp and purple, in great contrast to the previous week when they were so hazy that their edges made an anemic yellow outline in the sky. We paint with a group that consists of artists from the San Gabriel Art Association and the Mid Valley Art League. There are some really talented painters in the group. Our friend Jason Situ, from China, shows up occasionally at Peck Park, he is a widely collected and admired landscape painter. Bill Wray, also occasionally paints with us and is a talented landscape artist, being a cartoonist as well he often picks unusual subject matter. Last year at the paint-out in San Luis Obispo he did a Quick Draw painting of a hearse! It didn’t sell, but we had to admire Bill’s audacity.

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