Saturday, April 20, 2013

Mission Santa Inez Olives Paint Out

Had a lot of fun painting down at Mission Santa Inez today. I arrived around 8:30 and met up with the other 4 artists from the show at the Elverhoj Museum to paint the mission olive grove....or any other scene we wanted to do. Eventually we had about 16 or more artists painting for the day so that was a lot of fun. I was surprised that all of the green grass that was here a few weeks ago was now long gone and replaced by summer colors. I wanted green for the mission painting. You can see from above that I went with the summer colors while I was there but I think I like a painting I did this past week in the studio with green grasses.
I had done another painting with green grasses from a reference photo taken a few weeks ago that was very similar to this so it was still in my mind.
Linda came down with some lunch for me so that was cool. She got to be cameraman while I painted. Lots of bugs down there landing on the painting but no biggie. I think painting later in the afternoon would have worked better since the winds kicked up and it got much the light is better then. 
All in all we had a lot of fun but it got hot around midday. I was ready to head home by then. We all ate our lunches and joked and then headed out. Here are some pics of the day....



Matthew said...

I do love those olive trees - you've go the silver-grey colors just right, and they have that wild, scraggly look young trees always have. Nice!

Ron Guthrie said...

Thanks a lot Matthew. I guess I could have painted older trees but I wanted to keep to the young ones simply for historical interest. They do have cool colored foliage for sure.