Honey's Treasures

Honey's Treasures

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Latest Plein Air Paintings

These are my newest plein air paintings.

Fall River Mills, CA link
Yellow House link
Gravenstein Hwy Homestead link
Mt. Diablo, Walnut Creek, CA link
Orange Truck, Crockett link
Eckley Pier Eucalyptus link
Carquinez Strait Bridge link

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Crockett Paint Out

We met up with several members from our Sunday paint group today in the small town of Crockett near the bridge.  Attila and Jerry painted under the bridge while Mike, me and Sue painted down at Eckley Pier.

Jerry and Atilla.
Atilla's painting.
Jerry's View.
Jerry's finished painting.
My view.
Sue S. working.
The gang's all here under the bridge. 
Mike asked for advice.
Jerry working on Mike's painting.
Jerry smooshing Mike's trees.
Critique area under bridge.
Mike's painting before Jerry and Atilla and Sue changed it.
Mike's painting after they touched it.
My painting, unfinished. The bees were attacking me at this location, which was a nice and cool place to be by the water.
My truck, unfinished. It was too hot, near 100 degrees, sweat dripping down my back.

Sue's (unfinished) painting.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

California Coastal Clean Up Day - Adventures

Today was the annual California Coastal Clean Up Day and it was our first time volunteering for this and was a learning experience.  You wouldn't believe the trash we picked up between the two of us.  Five bags full and one very long piece of discarded thick rope that I found hidden under some brush near the water.

We also found some pretty disgusting stuff along the way which we disposed of.  People, please use the trash cans!  Why throw things on the ground and litter?  Let's keep California (and our country and our world) clean and beautiful.  Do your part.  If you are eating a candy bar or drinking a soda (or whatever!) walking along the trail, why not just hold onto it or stick it in your pocket and wait until you find a trash can?  They have plenty of trash cans throughout the area.  Why do you have to discard things in the bushes or on the path or in the water?

One area we found, where the fishermen park their vehicles, there was so much trash in front of their cars and trucks.  Empty beer cans and bottles, cigarette butts, cartons of twelve packs left behind and numerous plastic bags and stuff.  Shame on them.
Some of the volunteers that showed up in the Martinez Shoreline.
Mike with his bucket and picker upper grabber tool he bought for the occasion.

After we were finished picking up trash we drove to Crockett to scout out the area for our paint out tomorrow.  I couldn't find anything that interested me downtown but we kept driving and found about six really good spots to paint tomorrow so we're excited about that.

While scouting around we ended up in charming Port Costa and explored by foot (it's a very small town) and had a bite to eat at a new place we discovered.  I cannot wait to go back there when the weather turns a bit cooler because then they will start serving their famous hot cocoa with ganache again.  They make the most yummy homemade cornbread, biscuits, shortbread that I've ever had sweetened with honey and have exotic roasted coffee for the coffee lovers.

 Here's the link to the story behind this place; Burlington Hotel Cafe and here.

A small plate of baked bacon for Mike.

The charming kitchen.

Serve yourself bar.
Homemade jams.

Local honey.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Burney Falls Camping Trip

Last Friday we took off for five nights of camping up at McArthur-Burney Falls State Park.  It was a relaxing time and we even got in a full day of plein air painting.  I have five new paintings that need just a little touching up.

One late morning, Andy, Mike's buddy, went on a bike ride and we picked him up and then had lunch in Fall River Mills.

This is Burney Falls, which is quite spectacular.  Read here on Wikipedia.  Pretty fascinating stuff, huh?  That's a lot of water flow even during drought.

One day Mike and I drove up to Shasta and did a little painting.  Below photos: we are at Castle Lake, just above Lake Siskiyou.

Here are a few pictures from a day of painting we did in Fall River Valley.