Thursday, March 31, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
For anyone interested in my painting set-up here's a picture on location. I use an old french easel, a dozen oil colors, and a couple brushes. I paint from 8x10 to 24 x30 and spend about an hour and a half on the larger paintings. The small ones take 20-40 minutes. I have a VW camper, the best painting investment I could have made. It lets me stay on location with all my supplies and a free place to sleep!
Monday, March 28, 2011
On Saturday, April 30th, the first Ventura Plein Air Event is being organized by the Red Brick Gallery. For more information you may visit If you would like to have a link to your website and be a part of the event contact Jen at firstname.lastname@example.orgThere will be scores of painters in and around the Downtown working in a variety of mediums. Mission Entrance is one of the many subjects you may choose to paint.I will be contributing by doing a quick demonstration in oils at my loft at 10 o'clock sharp.Shortly after, we will be on location in front of the Mission. I will help those who sign up for instruction in the courtyard. There are wonderful scenes to paint and I plan to work along with others until 4 p.m..A reception will be held at our loft at the WAV from 5pm thru 10pm. You may show your paintings from the Mission Area. This is the evening of the Ventura West-side Art Walk.I have a suggested donation of $10 for the demonstration, $20 for instruction and to show your works that evening.I think this will be a fun event for everyone and I hope it will be the first of many.Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.Ray Harris65 W. Thompson Bl #104Ventura, Calif. 93001
Sunday, March 27, 2011
This was an amazing location to paint until they decided to restore the building and surrounding walls. I only wish I had done more sketching there. The bell tower was missing plaster and showed years of neglect. Now it is pristine and not as interesting.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Farming is growing strong in the county. I painted this en plein air by using binoculars and composing a character from bits and pieces of the various workers. This painting is 16 x 20. I met several of the workers as they finished working.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
I am starting this post to help build appreciation of plein air painting in Ventura County.
This is a 9 x 12 inch sketch of the China Gate across from the San Buenaventura Mission.