Sunny Saturday, oil painting, plein air, outdoor location, bay area, ca


It was a beautiful sunny  Saturday and a lot of people were out and about. I set up to paint by the Marshes in Palo Alto, Bay area. I started with a wash and set about mixing my colors. I mixed some pale lavender and pale misty blue for the back ground hills and the foreground I mixed some greens/yellows/orange.  For the sky I simply used paler versions of the color of the hills.

The wash is with a mix of Greys/Blues. My wash is key, as it sets the tone for my painting. I spend a lot of time and put a lot of thought into it. This is where the foundation of the painting is laid out. This wash turned out really good, in fact one passerby suggested I leave that as is and start painting another one. Maybe I should have listened!

In this painting I feel like I was successful in capturing a feeling of being in a distant place, far far away.

People stopped by to chat and ask questions and I always welcome that.

Its fun to paint outdoors!


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