Compared to the rest of the country (Boston, are you still there?!?) our winter has been nothing to complain about. But it’s been a long drought, and if we in the southwest could take some of the east coast’s moisture off its hands, I don’t think many people would mind.
At sunrise, I awoke to sight of March coming in like a lion, with billowing clouds and a rare morning rainbow. Of course the scene made me interrupt my yoga to grab a camera and dash outside! A half hour after I took these shots, the skies opened up, thunder ensued, and some folks got golf ball sized hail.
February Clouds To the West 6x8
Although it’s nothing like winter in other parts of the country, San Diego has been getting its version of winter storms this week.
I’m not into the ice thing. After living in New York for 38 years, I know how to shovel snow and drive on slippery roads…. I just choose not to anymore.
But I do love it when weather arrives in southern California. Aside from the fact that we really, really need the rain right now, I enjoy the aesthetics of storm light and the billowing clouds that we only see this time of year.
The past few days, I’ve been working on very small canvasses, 5×7, 6×6 and 6×8. Working this small, I can sketch with paint as fast as the light changes. Exchanging brushes for palette knives allows me to apply paint with swift strokes, so I’ve been playing with the textures and stroke shapes that different knives produce. This adds visual interest as the paint takes on a dimensional, sculptural quality.
Oh, and in case you were wondering how I manage to paint in the rain without the paints sliding off the canvas, fear not: all the paintings you see here were done from the comfort of my studio balcony.
And these little paintings have teensy price tags, too: $100.00 each!
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February Sunset, San Marcos 6x8