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Work in Progress
A 6”x8” color sketch in oil that I did before starting the 24”x30” painting.
Photo 9, August 13, 2012 - The slough on the near side of the railroad track, and
the far away strawberry field.
Photo 10, August 17, 2012 - The dirt road and the uncultivated hillside covered in
dry native grasses.
I have a new project, a commission, so the Big Sur Coastline painting I was working
on (see bottom of page) will just have to wait. This is a field of strawberries
on Elkhorn Ranch, a farm on which Naturipe berries are grown, that backs up against
Elkhorn Slough. The land has been left fallow this year, but I was given a tour
of another field so I could photograph strawberry plants to my heart’s content. Below
the work-in-progress photos, are some of the source photos. I’ll add more photos
here as I continue painting.
Thanx for visiting!
Photo 1, July 21, 2012 - The drawing has been transferred to the canvas, and the
scene blocked in using a very thin acrylic wash.
In February 2010, my husband and I spent a few days exploring the coast south of
Carmel. We stopped for lunch at Nepenthe, a restaurant perched high on a mountain
overlooking the Big Sur coastline. There’s a large terrace for outdoor dining, and
this was our view. I’ve been wanting to paint this ever since. I’m working on stretched
linen, 14 x 18, with oils.
I’ll add more photos here as I continue painting. Thanx for visiting!
Big Sur Coastline, as seen from Nepenthe
Photo 2, July 24, 2012 - Started with oils on the hills in the background.
Photo 3, July 27, 2012 - Some work on the sky.
Photo 4, July 30, 2012 - Hillside and trees.
Photo 5, August 3, 2012 - More work on detail of distant montains; beginning on nearest
Photo 6, August 6, 2012 - Begin on slough.
Photo 7, August 8, 2012 - The train track that cuts through the slough, and the near
trees behind the slough.
Photo 8, August 11, 2012 - The near trees behind the slough, and mares’ tails clouds.
Source photos for Elkhorn Ranch
Photo 11, September 14, 2012 - Working on the foreground field of strawberries.