First it was the holidays: the shopping, the cooking, the cleaning, the hosting, the cleaning (again). Then it was the recuperation from all of the above. Then it was the year-end bookkeeping, that necessary evil for which I am eternally thankful, for if I have bookkeeping to do, then I had business to do. And with 2009 being such a strange year for business, I felt blessed to have been busy.
Last week I put brush to canvas for the first time in 2010, and oh, did it feel good! Lots of my fellow artists from the Plein Air Painters Association of San Diego (PAPASAN) must have felt the same way, because more than a dozen of us met at our chosen location, a tucked away shore of San Diego Bay called La Playa.
It was a typical incredibly perfect January San Diego day: sunny, high 70’s and low humidity. We felt sorry for the chilly east coasters, and the ice-bound midwesterners, those in the high plains with chattering teeth, and even the Floridians who were freezing their oranges off…. but there we were, on the left-most edge of the continent, brushes flashing, paint flying…. and complaining that it was a bit too warm in the sun.
What made the day even more special for us was the sky. Except during our rare storms, San Diego skies are usually one of two things: unbroken, airbrushed blue or grey coastal eddy. But that day, we were treated to those high cirrocumulous clouds that make up a mackeral sky. Couple that with a flat stretch of calm water for reflections and…. this was the result. I did a small (11×14) color sketch on linen panel while there on location. I took lots of photos as well, because I knew those clouds wouldn’t stick around forever.
When I got back to the studio I selected a 24 inch square canvas and worked from my sketch, my photos and my memory to create this larger piece.