|Matador And The Bull 10x10 O/L|
Those of you who regularly read my blog posts (thank you!) know that I've been mostly sticking near home lately. My husband, Gastone, had knee replacement surgery and I wanted to be around if he needed me. Normally I am out and about -- not much of a stay at home type. I paint outside, I take a class, I visit friends and family. Not lately.
Gastone has done astonishingly well. The knee is healing beautifully and he is doing everything -- just a tiny bit slower -- but still doing it. So it's not necessary that I stay home. However, I still haven't gotten out much. Gastone said "go" a while back so I did. Off I went to El Matador. My painting spot of choice is Leo Carrillo just a bit further north, but this time I decided to go to El Matador.
My friends, Chris Cook and Diane Nelson-Gold, both love to paint at El Matador, but I usually don't paint well there and there is this long STEEP walk down stairs and a cliff that I normally choose to avoid. However, I decided to paint there last week. What a glorious day!!
I had a wonderful time outside painting. I decided to forgo the view from down on the sand or on the cliff facing north that I usually paint and instead I looked south from the cliff path. I enjoyed my day. I chose to include some figures since there were so many people enjoying the beach that day. I really just dropped in a spot where the figures would go and finished them up at home with a tiny brush.
I posted photos of where I was painting on Facebook and a friend told me that the rock formations were called Matador and The Bull so that is what I called the painting. I tried to look it up, but found no "proof" his claim was what they are really called, but who cares?
Here are some of the paintings I have from around El Matador:
On my way home I stopped by the Weisman Museum in Pepperdine to see the paintings in the "On Location In Malibu" show. Wow, there were some wonderful paintings in that show. Many were also from the area around El Matador. -- It was so interesting to see how differently these well accomplished artists express similar areas. Loved the show. It has closed now, but it is still available online from the California Art Club's website.
I feel like I'm treading water right now. I have several paintings I've started but can't seem to finish them up. Good things are happening -- my paintings have gotten in to some great shows, but very, very sad things have happened too which sap some of the joy ---and also reminding me to seize the day.
In a week Tyler will start back to school and shortly after that I'm heading off to the Eastern Sierra with my painting buddies, Linda Brown, Nita Harper, Debra Holladay, Laura Wambsgans and Sharon Weaver -- We're the PAC6! It's going to be a ball. (If riding those horses/mules up to our camping spot doesn't kill us first!!)
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