Watercolor al fresco landscape painting – Good Day Sunshine

Good Day Sunshine 17.5×24 Watercolor on paper Sold

I started this watercolor painting as a demonstration on my easel at an art festival last Fall. Gale force winds in a water-restricted Los Angeles park added to the challenge of making art in a crowd, so I worked on it inside my booth, on my lap (see photos below) where I could hold onto the board my paper was taped to, and shield my eyes from hurricanes of dead-grass clippings. The next morning revealed several artists’ booths destroyed overnight by high gusts. I was lucky to come away intact, if not a bit congested, and powder-coated with field-dust. So are the risks of exhibiting art out doors.  😎

I’ll be showing 80 original pieces of art this weekend – composed of watercolors and printmaking – at the San Diego Artwalk – April 25 & 26th – on Beech Street in booth #192 (between Columbia & State St.) in Little Italy.  If you’re local to that coastal city, come over and say hello.

Next weekend, I’ll be at the Sierra Madre Art Fair, May 2 & 3, at Memorial Park behind City Hall at 222 West Sierra Madre Blvd.  If you live in or near Los Angeles, swing by the Art Fair for some fine art, kettle corn and late afternoon sightings of the wild, green parrots that roost in the trees above the park.

As I mentioned in the last post, I’ll be moving my studio after the Sierra Madre festival, so I’m quite earnest to lighten the load before boxing, hoisting & ferrying all of this art to the new space.   😉 

Where are your favorite art festivals? Do you attend to buy art, or are you browsing for inspiration?

Working on the watercolor inside my booth at an art festival
Art festival watercolor painting in process
Little Italy in San Diego: all the cars will be replaced by artists’ tents 🙂


 Art Quote

An essential element of any art is risk. If you don’t take a risk then how are you going to make something really beautiful, that hasn’t been seen before? I always like to say that cinema without risk is like having no sex and expecting to have a baby. You have to take a risk.

Francis Ford Coppola


7 thoughts on “Watercolor al fresco landscape painting – Good Day Sunshine”

  1. What a lovely piece, full of life and radiance. I often find adverse circumstances actually help – in annoying sort of way, because you are forced to get the essentials down – and you simply are not tempted to mess about. Unless of course you have iron self-discipline anyway.

    1. Hah! “simply not tempted to mess about” & “iron self-discipline” are not coded on my creative mother-board. I could use a little of both, but such are the wishes of an ever-searching artist, eh? 🙂 Thanks for the compliments.

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