Impressionists on the Water

  • The Legion of Honor Art Museum on Land’s End in San Francisco invited me to demonstrate plein air painting on the final day of the show, “Impressionists on the Water” exhibit. This show coordinated with the America’s Cup Race. It was a great opportunity for me and three other artists from the Frank Bette Center of the Arts to paint on location on the front lawn of the art museum on a beautiful, clear October day.
    Legion Plein Air

    Legion Plein Air


    The Golden Gate Bridge and the Headlands are the stunning view from the Legion of Honor. I toned my Wallis paper with a warm peach before beginning the sketch for my 10×14 pastel.
    Progress on Golden Gate Bridge

    Progress on Golden Gate Bridge


    The afternoon was more about sharing the process “plein air” painting than polished piece. It was exciting to be associated with the exhibit of the famous impressionists such as Renoir, Monet, and my personal favorite Gustave Caillebotte. After demonstrating that painting on location is alive today, I was able to take in the exhibit on the last hours in San Francisco.
    Then it was on to dinner at the Beach Chalet Restaurant. How lucky to have a window table as the sun slipped in to Pacific.
    Pacific Sunset

    Pacific Sunset

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