This painting won 2nd place and $500 in the first annual Old Town Tustin Art Walk, sponsored by the City of Tustin's Parks and Recreation Department, the Tustin Area Council of Fine Arts, and the Tustin Preservation Conservancy.
I painted this scene on Friday, October 17, 2008 from 8:45 AM to 11:30 AM. I loved the sunlight branching across the street and sidewalk and the sunlit figures walking down El Camino Real. The clock face had a lovely antique glow. The planter contained many political signs and passersby jokingly "implored me" to put every one of them in. I agreed, of course, replacing all of the colorful signs with bright red and orange flowers, as I'm sure the quaint city of Tustin intended.
Painted on a beautiful, fresh October morning in north Laguna.
This is the new working/teaching studio that I am sharing with fellow artist, sculptor and abstract painter, Elaine Cohen. (Check out her website at www.elainecohen.com). The north light and bomb-proof floor make it the perfect space for creating. My students, working in pastel, oil and acrylic, are enjoying the personalized instruction.
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This is a recent painting of Larry, a sculptor at the Sawdust Festival. He has a great face and a wonderful spirit.
The frenzy that seizes Laguna Beach each summer amidst the art fairs has subsided. The Art-A-Fair and the Sawdust Festivals were inspirational, fun, and exhausting.
Pictured is my sweet and supportive spouse in my Art-A-Fair booth.
Here is my Sawdust booth on the last day. I have the cooler of refreshments and goodies ready. My easel box stands open, always on the ready.