Thursday, February 10, 2011
Took my Wednesday Plein Air Painting class to visit Sullivan Goss fine art gallery in Santa Barbara. There we viewed the exhibition: 40 days and 40 nights: 80 Paintings on exhibit by the extraordinary landscape painter, Lockwood De Forest. These were brought over from Europe. They were part of close to 800 sketches or studies of the landscape as Lockwood saw it.
It was especially great to see the almost pre-historic views of the Santa Barbara
which he documented; showing his visual perceptions of Santa Barbara before the hoards of Americans flocked to the "American Riviera". Especially appealing were the nocturnes, some painted in the moonlight without the aid of any other source of light to illuminate his canvas.
It was a great day, being amongst the masterworks of this late 19th early 20th Century Artist.
Ed Rincon Explains the content of paintings to my "Light and Shadow in Art" painting class.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
I was invited to set up and paint the Winter Moon rising over the Santa Barbara Courthouse, from the balcony of Sullivan Goss Fine Art.
The evening was a "MOON FEST", the celebration of the winter moon, rising to the back drop of eighty original oil paintings by Lockwood De Forest. Many of his paintings were nocturnes of the Santa Barbara area in the late 19th, early 20th Century. Pure, prehistoric views of Santa Barbara before development.
I was fortunate to be a part of the celebration of Live Jazz, Poetry, and celebrants of the Moon. Also present were descendants of Lockwood De Forest who came from as far away as Europe, for this event. Mr. Goss also allowed me to exhibit a couple of my original oil paintings that evening. I am happy to announce I have a new collector!
Right on time the moon rose over the Court House Tower. I quickly sketched it in and applied the paint in an avaunt guard composition. Something I hadn't done since I painted the Mad House in 15 degree weather in Iceland.
It was a night to remember!
Winter Moon Rise, SB Court House
12x10 oil Collection of the Artist