Painting Plein Air

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plein-air style
I will be never tired painting plein-air style as long as I am able to go outside and withstand surprises of the Nature. Painting outdoors has its own charm and challenges; yet, still it is very enjoyable and the artworks have a special feeling to them. You cannot wait for too long painting under the open. The weather changes constantly, especially if you are at the ocean shore, like example above. It is my recent painting of one of my favorite places on Earth, Monterey Pacific Ocean shore. I’ve painted there many times and each time it comes out differently. The painting of Monterey above is free, though I “blocked” it in the ink lines to give it illustration kind feeling, e.g. I’ve illustrated the scene in the fast brush strokes with watercolor first and then “locked” the picture by adding rigid lines to amplify the stiffness of the rocks and power of the ocean.

Another plain air painting of Monterey shore is more impressionistic style as any of my outdoor paintings of Monterey:
Pacific Ocean shore impressionistic artwork

Here, I didn’t want to add the ink. The weather was so hot that it dried watercolor quite fast so the edges of each brush stroke were defined enough without any additions.

In comparison, the next plein-air painting of Monterey shore strives pretty much on energetic ink lines, the watercolors here are secondary. This free-style painting of Pacific Ocean shore is more a sketch than a complete painting, but it does have certain charm and spontaneity to it:

Pacific Ocean plein-air painting

Yes, each plein air painting tells a story of that specific day, but it also speaks for the mood of the artist. As an example, here is my recent plein-air landscape artwork of the calm sunny day from this week. The Spring is taking over, the grass is bright green, and many trees are opening their blossoms. A simple, yet informative landscape that illustrates a coming of a new season:

pond trees flowers Spring in California
My friend took panoramic photo of the area where we were painting that day, and I got into the picture by chance or intentionally. I don’t know. But this photograph shows so well the power of a fresh air and the creating artist, The Observer, who, during the plein-air painting trip, merges with the Nature!


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Stormy Seascape Vintage Style

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Ocean watercolor painting Old Masters style
In eager anticipation of a future trip to see William Turner‘s exhibition, that is taking place this Summer at the De Yong Museum in San Francisco; I’ve decided to create my own vintage style seascape painting:


In this artwork I followed not only good traditions of Old Masters of the British School; but also allowed myself to apply some fast brushstrokes in Impressionistic style.

Pretty much whole painting was completed in a dry brush technique when I used a very hard bristles (two size brushes), creating layer after layer to achieve the deep sea rough waters, the rocky mountains, and dramatic skies.

A lonely sailboat heading back to the harbor to escape the upcoming storm, The shore mountains are still lit by the sun in some places, but very soon, all will turn dark from the shadows of the clouds and those powerful ocean waves.

An interesting mysterious story:
When I finished the painting, I noticed a smiley face in the clouds. I left it there, thinking, “it is probably William Turner, looking at my art and saying: Good Job Irina!! Well Done!!”
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California Landscapes – Point Arena Lighthouse

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California Landscape

When painting this gorgeous landscape I had to practically “built”
the rocks layer by layer. It took me a couple of hours to achieve the texture
of the rocky cliff with its washes, cracks, grass, and clays. I was doing it
patiently with passion, thinking that Mother Nature did the same her way but it
took a few million years :0)
Here are a few interesting facts:
The Point Arena Lighthouse is situated on the closest point
of land to the Hawaiian Islands in the Continental United States. The point is
surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean which keeps the area cool. This Lighthouse
is set in one of the most spectacular and peaceful surroundings on the northern
California coast. The Point Arena tower is the only Pacific West coast
lighthouse of significant height that you can climb to the top! Access to the
lantern room provides a panoramic view of the rugged California coast and of
the ocean.
A Little bit of history:
The first lighthouse at this site was constructed in 1870.
The brick-and-mortar tower included ornate iron balcony supports and a large
Keeper residence with enough space to house several families. In April 1906, a
devastating earthquake struck the Light Station. The Keeper’s residence and
Lighthouse were damaged so severely that they had to be demolished.
The new lighthouse began operation in 1908, nearly 18 months
after the quake. It stands 115 feet (35 m) tall, and featured a 1st Order
Fresnel Lens, over six feet in diameter and weighing more than six tons. The
lens was made up of 666 hand-ground glass prisms all focused toward three sets
of double bullseyes. It was these bullseyes that gave the Point Arena
Lighthouse its unique “light signature” of two flashes every six
seconds. This incredible optic, that held an appraised value of over $3.5
million, was set in solid brass framework, and was built in France. Prior to
the introduction of electricity, the lens was rotated by a clockwork mechanism.
The Keepers, or “wickies” as they were called, had to hand crank a
160-pound weight up the center shaft of the lighthouse every 75 minutes to keep
the lens turning. Light was produced by a “Funks” hydraulic oil lamp,
that needed to be refueled every four hours, and whose wicks would have to be
trimmed regularly. Later, two 1,000 watt electric lamps were installed to
replace the oil lamp, and a 1⁄8 horsepower electric motor was installed to replace
the clockworks.
Nowadays (since 1984) nonprofit organization called the
Point Arena Lighthouse Keepers takes care of this place providing diligent
historic preservation of this beautiful place.
(info:courtesy to wiki and pointarenalighthouse.com/)




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California Landscapes – Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse

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California Landscape Watercolor Painting
One of the stop during my recent art-trip was a small cozy town of Trinidad. I enjoyed walking along the rocky shore. Gentle breeze, afternoon Sun, and a lighthouse, all together called for some impressionistic style loose and fresh painting.

Here is a little more details about this beautiful place:

Trinidad is a seaside town
in Humboldt County, located on the Pacific Ocean 8 miles north of the
Arcata-Eureka Airport and 15 miles north of the college town of Arcata.
Situated directly above its own natural harbor, Trinidad is one of California’s
smallest incorporated cities, (with a 2010 population of 367) and is noted for
its spectacular coastline with ten public beaches and offshore rocks. These
rocks are part of the California Coastal National Monument of which Trinidad is
a Gateway City. This natural landmark is joined by three additional marine
landmarks – the historic Trinidad Head Light, the Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse,
and Humboldt State University’s Fred Telonicher Marine Laboratory.
Overlooking Trinidad Bay, an
accurate replica of the Head’s lighthouse (A Victorian keeper’s residence that was
built in 1898); Trinidad’s Lighthouse in Memorial Park. In 1947, the original
lens and bell were donated to the Trinidad Civic Club to be displayed in a
memorial park overlooking Trinidad Bay. Mrs. Earl Hallmark donated land, and in
1949 the Civic Club built the Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse. On Memorial Day,
families and friends gather at the lighthouse to remember and honor those lost
and buried at sea
(courtesy to trinidad.ca.gov
and http://trinidad-ca.com/discover/lighthouses.html)

She Still Sells Sea Shells…

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While ago I published a post She Sells Sea Shells… And today one more sea shell is created and gone. I talked about symbolism of the sea shells and pearls before. I just wanted to say, that it appears my customers love this subject very much, and I believe it is due to a symbol of eternity and love besides the wealth and beauty :0)
And here are the other shells that recently found their homes:

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All original pieces were painted in 5″x7″ size with watercolor
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To The Lighthouse – Point Reyes, California

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Painting outside requires a lot of things. One of them is to drive sometimes to the “lands end” .. This happened to me last weekend when my sister and I joined CWA at our monthly plein-air meeting. The selected location for that weekend was Point Reyes, one and a half hours away  historical place on a shore. A gorgeous place! As the matter of fact ABC program Good Morning America named it one of the 10 most beautiful places in America. And I need to add: The Foggiest. When we drove to the Lighthouse the fog was covering the hills as a blanket. We even didn’t notice a deer until it came close enough to the road; and, if you can see the buck cared less of people presence. He was staying gracefully and posing for a picture. 
Point Reyes National Seashore is a 71,028-acre (287.44 km2) park; and, I believe its heart is in the place where they built the Lighthouse: on the rocks, in the fog, wind, and only 52 degrees F (around 11C). brrrrrr… but still beautiful! Although, we only lasted a couple hours and had to go home to finish the paintings. 

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Original Watercolor Paintings:

Point Reyes Lighthouse 10″x14″ on 140lb Arches Block Cold Pressed Paper
Deer In The Fog 9″x12″ on 140lb Arches Block Cold Pressed Paper

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San Francisco Bay, Richmond – Plein-Air – Landscapes That Were Only A Few Feet Apart

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Last Saturday plein-air trip brought two absolutely different views of one Bay, in one day, which were just a few hours apart. First, took rough  300lb Arches paper to paint the morning. The sun was rising and the fog was lifting up uncover a gorgeous scene. When the first painting was done, I moved my head on the right and saw a peaceful sky with almost still waters (that what couple hours can do!); and, in the middle of all this beauty three Giants were standing at the dock. I grabbed my brush and made rather minimalistic seascape emphasizing the solid Nature and the industrial invention that came together in one.

Many artists from CWA painted that day; and, as many beautiful paintings came out of it:

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10×14 “Sailboats- San Francisco Bay” Watercolor on 300 lb Arches Paper
10×14 “Richmond Docks” Watercolor on 140 lb Arches Paper
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In Every Piece Of My Art
There Is A Piece Of My Heart And A Sparkle Of My Soul