Thursday, April 28, 2016

"Cats for Bernie!" By RK Schlueter

Oil on 16x20" canvas.
I sure love humor in politics. I found #catsforbernie on Instagram and thought, now I've seen it all! Having a soft spot for both, cats and Bernie, I had to contribute to the cause.

On another note, I want to express my gratitude to all the contributing artists on this blog. Thank you all so much for posting your beautiful artwork-I was going through the pages this morning and blown away by all the amazing work! Lost Cost Daily Painters blog has been up and running for six years! Thanks to Amy Stewart and Linda Mitchell for creating the concept. I still miss seeing their posts! Love you all!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

"Rhonda in Studio," by Alicia Tredway

This is my granddaughter who was visiting for a month.  She is young and beautiful and a very convenient model. I've always admired the Scandinavian painter Hammershoi who painted women from the back like this with emphasis on the beauty of her neck and the quietness of the room.  Oil on canvas 24 x 30.  This piece will be in my show at Piante in June.  Judy Evenson and I will be showing together.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

"View of the Lost Coast" by Andrew Daniel

"View of the Lost Coast" by Andrew Daniel
10" x 10" Oil on canvas

North Coast Open Studios is June 4,5,11,12!

This is a little 10" x10" painting I did with friends on the Lost Coast last weekend. We spent the day driving down the road and stopping at different outlooks. This was the third and final spot, which had a nice view looking up North along the coast with Sugarloaf rock far off in the distance. The painting came together really quickly in the field. I was able to put some embellishments on it at home this week. In the process, I had a nice break through about being more confident, trusting my brush and my personal calligraphic style. Paul wanted me to stop when it was only 40 minutes in. I chose to keep going and lost a lot of the spontaneity. Ended up having to use a different set of skills to finish than just bold spontaneity. Maybe next time I'll try and stop earlier!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Spring Time Plein air by Kathy O'Leary

Painted on location "Ranch Track Through the Mustard"  (12 x 16) while visiting the ranch lands of Ferndale California.  Every year this field is covered with wild mustard, and finally got a chance to paint it this year.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

' Apple and Cherry Blossoms' by Jim McVicker

16x12 oil on linen panel  Apple and cherry blossoms from trees in our yard painted in the studio under the sky light.

Friday, April 22, 2016

"Rhododendron, Jardin des Plantes" by Joyce Jonte

"Rhododendron, Jardin des Plantes" 
Original watercolor on Sennelier hot press
9.5" by 4.25"

To purchase, message me on Joyce Jonte Fine Artist, Facebook.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

"The Balloon Track Trains" by Stock Schlueter

Oil on 14x16" panel.
Sad, so long to the balloon track trains that have been such an icon of the waterfront for so many years. They were like old friends. I remember when they ran through the night, their mournful song echoing through a very different old town...back then it was know as The Deuce.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

"Springtime, Benbow," by Alicia Tredway

6 x 8 inches oil on canvas panel.  Myself and 5 other women painters showed up today in Benbow to paint plein air.  We couldn't have had better weather....about 72 degrees.  Marci and I painted side by side the same view and the others were up behind the Inn.  I've painted that view many times before so decided on this one for a change.  Hy-way 101 can be seen in the distance.  Painting is at auction
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

"Poppies in the Sun" by Andrew Daniel

Poppies in the Sun by Andrew Daniel
12" x 12" oil on canvas
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This month I participated in a group show at Upstairs Gallery at Umpqua Bank in Arcata. Initially I really struggled with coming up with the right source photo, but finally settled on Poppies because they have such vibrant colors and make such interesting compositions when their shapes interact. I showed up an hour late to the hanging with a painting that was crazy with wet spackled on paint everywhere. 

Trying to nail on a homemade frame to a wet painting like this was no easy task! 

Anyway, the painting seemed to open up some sense of direction that I wanted to explore. It had been very narrow in it's color range, mostly yellows and sky blue.
Sorry I don't have a picture, I was in too much of a hurry to drop it off.

I had made a dynamic composition, with lots of movement and texture, but ultimately, I just wanted something more. 

So I painted this piece. I started with a bright pink gesso layer, so that I could have more colors showing, as they come through the paint. I then focused on bring more economical with my brushwork so that I could allow more pinks to show. Also I had chosen a source that had more colors to start with and as I painted it, I focused on mixing lots of warm and cool versions of each color. 

The piece evolved very quickly and I got really excited, thinking I could replicate and expand on what I had learned, I tried a new one straight off. However that one bombed...

Monday, April 18, 2016


Every Spring the little Victorian town of Ferndale comes to glorious life with it's ubiquitous fields of wild mustard.  This is a view of one of it's Vernal creeks or pools that dot the landscape.  Painted on location (en plein air) "Wild Mustard-Ferndale", oil, 11 x 14.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Friday, April 15, 2016

"First Iris, Parc de l'Obersvatoire" by Joyce Jonte

"First Iris, Parc de l'Observatoire" 
11" by 15"
Original watercolor on arches 140 lb.

I recently spent 18 days exploring and painting in the beautiful gardens of Toulouse, France. Such a lovely city. For purchase details message me on Joyce Jonte Fine Artist, Facebook.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

"Greenwood Slough" by Stock Schlueter

Oil on 10x12" panel

Stock and I are very occupied at this time with the details of our  journey! 
With Stock's fine art brush he's going to make that little gray trailer look like a million bucks!
I'm thrilled he wants to paint a landscape scene on it! Progress report next week! 

If you're interested in our journey, you can follow along at: Plein Air Passage campaign on Patreon 

Follow us at: Plein Air Passage on Facebook  Twitter Instagram and TravelPod ~Happy Trails! 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

"Peach Roses in Round Clear Vase," by Alicia Tredway

Florals, for me are such a joy to paint.  The rose in particular give opportunity unlimited for juicy  brushwork.  20 x 20 inches oil on canvas.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

"Baker Beach and Trinidad Bay" by Andrew Daniel

"Baker Beach and Trinidad Bay" by Andrew Daniel
9" x 12" oil on canvas
available from the artist

This was a painting I did during one of my Wednesday morning ongoing classes as a demonstration. It was a lot of fun. My intent was to work against my typical mode, which is to work and rework the image until the spontaneity is buried under distractingly thick impasto paint. Boy it was fun! And the end product feels like it has a lot more energy and vibrant colors.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

'Still Life Demo' by Jim McVicker

Last Sunday at the Autry Museum I did a still life demo along with Kate Sammons. Peter Adams from the California Art Club moderated a discussion with us about still life painting and we had around an hour or so to demo.  14x18 oil on linen panel

Saturday, April 9, 2016

'Descanso Gardens Demo' by Jim McVicker

We just returned from a couple of weeks in the LA area. One of the things I did was a  three day painting workshop through the California Art Club. We met each day at the Descanso Gardens in La Canada. This is one of my demos, a 12x16 panel with Chris Cook painting the gardens.

Friday, April 8, 2016

"Rhododendron" by Joyce Jonte

Original watercolor on Sennelier hot press 140 lb.
9.5" by 4.25"
To learn more or to purchase private 

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

"Sighting" with Adobe Photoshop oil filter!

In it's original form Sighting is 24x24" oil painting on canvas. -sold

I painted it last year after one month in 29 Palms with friends and fellow painters. And now I look forward to another great adventure! My husband Stock and have managed to manifest our dream of taking one year on the road with our little trailer, painting our way across America. One year gives us plenty of time to camp out and paint the places we love.

For our adventure Stock and I have created a blog at the blog posts to our Plein Air Passage FB page you can also find us @pleinairpassage on Instagram and lastly we've created a Plein Air Passage Patreon campaign . Being a patron lets you contribute to and be part of  the adventure. As incentive we off many exciting rewards! It's a long road ahead and we expect some challenges but mostly it's going to be amazing and we hope you'll be with us! If you have questions FB message us. Thanks guys!