Honey's Treasures

Honey's Treasures

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Plein Air Weekend Paint Outs

Yesterday we went to Sloughhouse Ranch and today we went to Miller Knox Regional Shoreline Park.

My sketch.
Mike chose to paint the truck from the sunny side.
We met Bruce H., a fabulous painter.

My Strada Easel with my energy drink.
Here's the pictures from today's paint out.
The view from the top of the hill.  This is where mostly everyone from the group chose to paint.  Except me and Mike.
JoAnn M.
JoAnn M.
JoAnn Mc's bug and set up.
Joanne U.
I took this photo just to show you how steep the hill was that we had to pull (push) this heavily loaded contraption up.

Of course, I hunted around for a landscape to paint and found a scene much more difficult to get to.  It was on the trail just below the top of the hill where everyone else painted, but to get there more easily we decided it would be better to drive down to the bottom of the hill and park the truck and pull (me pushing hard at the back end) the wagon up the hill to the spot to paint from.  Which really was a lot less work because the trail from the road was a little more even.  It did have some big ditches that the wheels kept wanting to go into though and would get stuck.  Then I would have to lift it up and out of the ditch and back onto the trail.

Going back down the hill was a lot easier. For one thing, I rearranged the chairs so they didn't keep sliding off the top of the wagon each time it went into the ditch.
The view we chose to paint.
Mine, pretty much finished.  Mike still working.
Our set up.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Fort Bragg Camping Trip

Last weekend we went camping with our grandchildren to Fort Bragg.  Spent some time on Glass Beach searching for polished glass.  On our way home we stopped in Cloverdale for a couple of hours to play in the river and skip stones.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Benicia Paint Out and a Bit of my Favorite Artist Ted Goerschner

The weather here is HOT.  We had planned to go to Crockett to paint with our plein air group but the plan was changed to paint in Benicia where it might be a bit cooler.  Here's some paintings we all started.  It was Me, Mike and Sue.
 Sue S.
 Sue S.
 Mikey boy close up.
 My view.
My beginning along with my energy drink.

While it was still warm in Benicia, it was not nearly as hot as Fairfield.  Shortly after 2 p.m. we packed up and headed to our house to watch an instructional dvd that we own by my favorite artist, Ted Goerschner.  In it, he critiques and works on other artist's paintings from one of his workshops.  It's lovely to watch him work.  He paints quickly and Ted was an expert in composition and color and contrast.  I only wish I could have met him in person before he passed away.  The art gallery owner in Carmel told me he was a delightful person.  His wife, Marilyn, is an artist as well.

You can read his obit here.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Mare Island Paint Out

I've been sick since last Thursday but my fever broke last night and I felt much better this morning so decided to make a go of it.

Today we went to the historic Mare Island Naval Shipyard to paint with our plein air group.  As far as we know, Susan was the only other one that came besides us, and our son, Seth, who joined our group today.  This was Seth's first time painting plein air and he did a great job of it.

When we first arrived we just drove around for about 1/2 hour checking things out to see where the three of us wanted to paint.  We decided to paint the famous morning glories covering the old building.

 Red headed finch.

 Morning Glory.

 Me, Seth.

 Mike's painting.
 Susan's painting.
Meanwhile, not far away from us, on the other side of Mare Island, Susan is painting away at a view across the water.
 Susan's view.
 Closer look at Sue's view.
 Seth's painting.
 My painting.
Mike's painting.