Saturday, April 3, 2010

Dunes Day

I got so excited about the forecast for bright sun and warm temps on Friday that I packed up my gear Thursday night, cleared my calendar for the day, and set my alarm. With only a few obstacles on the way, I managed to get set up in the dunes south of Humarock Beach by 8:30 am. There was some fog over the ocean and a pretty strong breeze down by the water, so the dunes kept me out of the wind and in the sun. I was in heaven.
Morning Glory 
10 x 12 

The light was very diffused from the fog on the other side of the dunes and I was facing the sun so everything was very bleached out. The colors out there are still very muted and wintery, although there was a definite sense that things are changing. Slowly.   

Humarock Hills 
10 x 10 

I was just getting settled in by the time I got that quick study done. It's not often that all the elements are working for you out there, so you have to take advantage of it when you can! I turned my set up to the right and painted this one, facing West. Again, very dulled down colors with traces of spring showing up. No bugs, no wind, no one around but the birds. All in all, it was just about as good as an outdoor painting excursion can get. These are the ones that keep us going back at it! 


  1. Your paintings show what a good experience you had! They are beautiful. I like the softness of the colors and when I clicked to make them larger I noticed your wonderful brush strokes. Hope you have many more days like this!

  2. Wow- you are ON!
    I am really excited to see these- you really know how to simplify!
    Makes me want to get home-and paint with you!

  3. Sounds blissful! And these are great - that first one is a knock-out! - My favorite! Masterful. Here's to many more days like this. Happy Easter!

  4. Oh YEAH!
    They're both beautiful but the dune one is slammin'!! I can smell the ocean!