Spring Fever

“Spring Fever” was everywhere at The Bouquets to Art exhibit that interprets the art of the De Young Museum of Fine Art in San Francisco. I love the interpretations of floral designs of the various art works. “You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming, ” wrote Pablo Neruda. In this year of a drought in the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California, winter did not show its face. So, the idea of a coming of spring doesn’t have the same meaning that it does it other parts of the country. But, even so, Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, “If winter comes, can spring be far behind?” Enjoy these images of Spring Fever at the De Young.

Metcalf's" Winter's Festival" & Alexander

Metcalf’s” Winter’s Festival” & Alexander


From Bouquets to Art 2014

From Bouquets to Art 2014


From Bouquets to Art 2014

From Bouquets to Art 2014


From Bouquets to Art 2014

From Bouquets to Art 2014

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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