I just rephotographed this painting today and I thought I’d post some images. I’m also experimenting with putting a bigger-ticket item on etsy to see what happens.
This was painted from a photo and for a pretty good reason… that hilltop is super windy. I did a painting from a similar spot and fought the wind the whole way. At one point the cradled 3′x2′ board blew off he canvas and hit me in the face. Face full of paint and a sore nose. So this area i leave to photos… also you can’t really do a dusk painting plein air unless you are a maniac like monet… ok i could do it but only from my window (you have to paint for just an hour or less each day etc.)
This area is close to the oil derricks you pass on the way to LAX from Hollywood if you take La Cienaga.
Although this was painted in the studio, it has an effortless qualty paint-wise. Sometimes i can belabor things in the studio, get a little fussy etc. But this piece has a very even style and pretty intuitive brushwork.
I went back to this hill recently to shoot a few more photos… when i first found it you had to go up several windy residential streets, and then go through a small wire gate. It was quite hard to find, and a little scary (no people). So i wracked my brain to remember how i got there, found the secret gate, hiked around the hill… only to find the once vacant spooky open space had been converted into an urban park and nature center. Tons of joggers, a parking lot, etc. I am not sure what kind of nature is to be found there, but why not.