This Ink and Acrylic on 300 gsm Paper painting was done from my room in the Hotel Zoe over three early morning sessions in San Francisco, California. It was the view from our window and was painted whilst I was visiting the city with my wife. I was interested in the view of Coit Tower and the cool crisp beauty of the morning light in San Francisco before the city woke up. San Francisco is a very special place with all parts of life on show on the streets, highs, lows, and everything in between, and I have been fortunate to have had many great times there. This painting was made by first roughly drawing out the scene in Ink and then adding thin layers of Acrylic paint over the top. After this I built up the layers of paint and redefined areas of the Ink drawing by drawing over the top of the image. This is a combination of materials that I like to use as I like the contrasting effect of the stronger Ink lines and the delicate thin layers of Acrylic paint.
This Oil Pastel on Brown Paper drawing is one of a pair that were drawn “en plein air” in the foothills of San Jose, California during the late afternoon as the sun was beginning to set. They were drawn near the same location as my Ink drawings of trees and shadows. After the Ink drawings I wanted to go back and try to capture the beautiful afternoon colours of the countryside. I hiked to this spot and set up my easel facing towards Santa Theresa as I could see many beautiful colours in the hills and mountains. As with the San Jose sunset pictures, I would sing as I was drawing just in case any wild visitors were sneaking around and to let them know I was there!