I've been very lucky to be visiting my grandchildren (and their parents of course) in California for the last few weeks. It was a fabulous trip and a real vacation: piano lessons, band practice, mini golf, a school play, Grandparents Day, and even a weekend skiing (them- not me) at Lake Tahoe. Not able to do any blogging but I did manage to sneak in a few small paintings.
Mt Tamalpais, known locally as Mt Tam, is an overwhelming presence in Marin County. It's a wonderful mountain and I've wanted to paint it for some time now. This trip I had a few chances to do that. On this post I've included 3 tiny watercolors on artist trading cards. I had with me the tiniest watercolor box, one brush, and these 2.5x3.5 cards. The first and third painting were done behind one of the children's schools while I waited for the school day to finish. There was a wonderful park complete with marsh in front of the mountain view. The first day I was there I encountered a lone male mallard duck. When I returned about a week later (the third painting) there was Mama Duck and 7 very tiny Ducklings taking a swim. So cute. They couldn't have been more than a couple of days old.
Mt. Tam 2. On the weekend I had a chance to paint from near the top of the mountain while the rest of the family took a strenuous walk. The children were fascinated by the little camp stool I was using. I was fascinated by the unusual hill formations and forestation that exists in that part of the world. Very different from New England mountains.Mt Tam 3. Painted from the marsh at Larkspur
I'll post a few more pieces, a little larger, in a few days. That will be it for California paintings til I finish getting ready for upcoming shows (be sure to check the events page to get the details). But I have many, many photos to paint from, including Lake Tahoe, when I have the chance to return to this subject.