Casitas Lake, Ojai, Pastel
Painting for the Joy of it
I like to think of my painting as revealing more that the eye can see. I give great attention to “finding a sense of place”, being mindful of the light and colors of the moment and the particulars of the space I am in.
Composing when settled on a subject or a distant scene, I then sketch quickly to really see the essence of what I want to paint, making small thumbnail value studies called Notons to further my knowledge of the scene. The value sketch is set down as reference then I sketch with dry brush on a pre-ground canvas to again note shadows that tie the composition together. I touch the canvas with color notes covering mid tones and darks to define the shapes. Attention to surrounding the subject with a platform of background color and slowly mold the painting. I stop when the light changes, come back again, if possible, or finish in studio.
I like to paint in the environment or from life; I am most alive and most peaceful when painting. The environment is a wonderful workplace. I hope you find joy and discovery in my images.