You might be wondering what inspires me to paint. A source of inspiration is the ocean, vineyard and farmland scenery where I live in Sonoma county, California.
A favorite, inspirational spot I visit often is the Bodega Head Trail, a 2 mile hike on high cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The weather and light is different every time, so I never get tired of it.
Local vineyards provide lots of inspiration too, especially in the fall with their yellow, orange and red colors.
Tune in next week for another source of inspiration for my paintings.
I painted Kee Beach, an ocean oil painting, from a photo I took while hiking on the Kalalau Trail, Kauai, Hawaii Islands. I think this is one of the best hikes in the world. This view, overlooking Kee Beach, is near the beginning of the hike. The hiking trail continues through tropical vegetation on the Napali coast.
Morning Light is a 11″x14″ unframed ocean oil painting on an archival panel. This painting won the First Place award at the 2015 Harvest Fair Art Show in Santa Rosa, California.
I painted Morning Light plein air at one of the overlooks near Bodega Bay, Sonoma Coast, California. I sketched in the big shapes with charcoal. Then I painted the sky, water and rocks with a brush. Thicker plate was applied with a palette knife on some of the rocks to give them texture.
Coastline is an unframed, ocean oil painting on a panel. I started the painting plein air on the Sonoma Coast, California on a chilly, windy day. I finished it in my home studio which is a spare bedroom. The red-orange and green touches on the rocks are vegetation.