Thursday, April 17, 2014

I am proud of this painting: VENTURA HARBOR I


12x12 oil on gessobord
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I love coastal living but here I am in
the beautiful desert of
New Mexico

Within one month I have attended two workshops: one with Leslie Saeta and the other with Dreama Tolle Perry.  Their style of painting couldn't be much different, yet I love them both, style and subject matter.

I painted "VENTURA HARBOR I" with Leslie, en plein air, palette knife only.  We were set up so that the sun was not a bother.  Leslie uses a limited palette of five colors plus white:  Cad Yellow Med, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Green and Sap Green.  On the day we painted the ocean color didn't demand use of Phthalo Green though I have seen it used in many paintings, especially in the ocean paintings of Sorolla I recently saw in Dallas.  The colors I used to get the above ocean color were Alizarin Crimson and Ultramarine Blue (for a bit of purple), Sap Green and Cad Yellow Medium.

Yes, I am in love with harbor scenes and boats.  My Pinterest website has a board of gorgeous ship, harbor and ocean paintings.  You really should see it here.  My plan is to continue this thread of painting and I have already scheduled two weeks of painting in Maine, in Andrew Wyeth country near Rockland.

A photo of what I was seeing in Ventura Harbor
You can see I zoomed in and greatly simplified my painting.


  1. Carol, you are an inspiration! I will be taking a plein aire workshop in June by Morgan Samuel Price. Hoping to expand my painting knowledge. I always look forward to you posts. :-)

  2. Thanks for writing Laura. Honestly I often wonder if any of my blog posts are read.

  3. A beautiful drawing of boats! The colors of the sky and water are yummy too!

    1. Oh my goodness Kim. Can you imagine how much I had (have) to learn about drawing boats, their reflections, and painting water? I see none of that here in NM; hence I am spending a couple of weeks in ME on the coast.


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