Saturday, October 3, 2009


Yesterday I painted at Irvine Park which is located in Orange County, CA near my home. It was a beautiful day, unlike the day before where I had gone to paint and had to leave due to wind. This time of year at the park is wonderful--just enough leaves have fallen from the trees to allow visibility of the branches more clearly and the feeling of fall is in the air. I learned yesterday that this lake was man-made back in 1913 and was quite a novelty at that time--I can believe that!! The waterfall is created by water flowing from the body of water just beyond it which is near a boathouse. Paddle boats are for rent during the busier times of the year--sounds like fun!

The painting is 11 x 14. Let me know if you like

"Country Lane"

In the spring of this year I went on a painting trip with a club I belong to (So. Calif. Plein Air Painters) to the Santa Rose Plateau. It is a beautiful preserve of land near the Temecula area. It consists of hundreds of acres of untouched land. When you are there it is easy to imagine you have stepped back in time to the virgin lands of our forefathers. This painting represents one of the many trails I walked on that day. The poppies were just starting to bloom and a feeling of spring was in the air. However, it did get darned hot later on!!!

Let me know if you are interested in this painting. It is 11 x 14.

"Mission Bougainvillea"

This painting is actually from a photo I took several years ago. At the time, my friend and I had gone to the mission to paint and it was absolutely bleak!! Then we were told the mission had been tented for termites. The photo was the only remembrance of the way it had looked before the tenting. The bougainville is coming back, but will take a little more time to make a complete recovery. It's very hardy as those of you who have dealt with it know.