Inspired by the cooling colors of low light after the sun has set.
It was the last chance to see and take in the scenery before darkness becomes night and the sight is gone to a remembered experience.
This is the new Mayfair House design showroom in the Stonemill Design Center in Costa Mesa, California.
Owned and established by Laury Barnes of Elizabeth Benefield, a design showroom two doors up. It has a casual, eclecctic and world adventure vibe worth checking out!
Even though you could paint all week, I only painted a few late afternoons.
It was invigorating, and I got some plein air mojo back!
20" x 20" oil on canvas
plein air painting
It was an afternoon in June when the haze creeps in along the coast with a lot of glare bouncing off the ocean.
This is one of the highest viewpoints in San Clemente.
I had to work fast as the light and shadows change rapidly this time of day. Because of the time constraints and the size, I chose to work with a limited palette, using only four colors and a palette knife for rapid coverage.
This is a photo reference of the view.
12" x 12" oil on canvas
Plein air painting
This was the first one I painted. The fog was rolling in up to the top of the ridge, had to paint fast.
Thursday I went on the Newport Harbor Home Tour. It is an annual fund raiser for the local high school. There were six homes to tour through, lunch and a reception at Barclay Butera's Interior Showroom afterwards where everyone chats over a glass of wine and refreshments about what inspired them.
Many of the local designers, architects, florists, landscape architects and local home stores participate with beautiful tablescapes and floral arrangements of the latest design and style in architecture and interior design.
In the last home we toured, upstairs in the guest bedroom in a very tastefully done home by Julie Hovanian of Hovie Interiors, were two of my paintings hanging on the walls. I was very excited to see them hanging there and participating in the lives of those who live there.