Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Brush Up On Your Plein Air Painting

I am excited about starting a painting class in Ventura County for adults interested in working on their plein air painting. For more information follow me on this blog.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

En Plein Air?

Not really "en plein air" but the model is wearing a hat to keep the light off of her, so maybe it will pass for it..Maybe I should rename the site to Direct from life painting. 12 x 12" oil

Circus Vargas From A Drone

I have always wanted to free myself from the typical views from ground level. Here is one that I have done that. 12 x 12" oil on canvas board

Monday, May 29, 2017

Circus Vargas Ticket Booth

I painted this early afternoon as the light was shifting from left to right. The sky was mostly cloudy and it was a typical May day in Ventura with some fog and haze. This is a work in progress as there is so much drawing that needs to be addressed. 11x14 oil/canvas

Circus Vargas With Palms

I am looking for ways to explore the circus with unconventional views. I am trying to tone down the colors and find ways to bring the local elements into the compositions.  11x 14" oil 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Circus Vargas Workway

I challenged myself in this painting with some drawing and perspective problems. It is a work in progress and I like to wait a few days to let the oils dry and have a fresh view of the painting. 

Circus Vargas Front Entrance

This is a straight on view which the challenge was to lead the viewer into the format. It is a busy mess of color and flat planes. I should have tried something simple, but I have learned as much from mistakes as successes. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Circus Vargas With Ventura Hillside

Another 12 x 12 oil of the overcast May day in Ventura. I might go back in and cool the sky down in order to have it recede in the painting. This is about a 45 minute sketch.on a cool morning after checking the surf.

Here's my palette setup. I usually have a warm and cool of each primary, a couple earth hues, several whites and ivory black. I certainly need them for circus and carnival paintings.

Circus Vargas 2017

Circus Vargas, Overcast day 11x14" oil  I love to paint bright colorful images on a cloudy day. Here is the first of many from the circus. It's been great working at this location where I have a chance to meet the performers and go the shows.  This is the first post in some time, because I have beenworking on a series of studio paintings and traveling outside of Ventura County.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


This is the second pass on a location at the Santa Paula Airport.12 x 12" oil/canvas