San Francisco Plein Air - Immersion & Encounter

San Francisco Alamo Square
Back Yard
Palace of Fine Arts
Hyde Pier
Page Street
San Francisco City Hall
Pacifica Beach
Pacifica Beach
Ship wreck Grey
Dolores Basilica San Francisco
San Francisco Café du Soleil Haight
Chinese Pavillon Golden Gate Park
Stinson Beach
Sutro Baths
Divisadero Car Wash
Alamo Square Park
Dolores Park San Francisco
Bolinas Beach
Duboce Park
Oak Street San Francisco
Conservatory of Flowers
San Francisco Plein Air - Immersion & Encounter Artist statement

 

Some say walking is the best way to discover a city. I believe it’s painting. For a period of 4 months, I explored the streets, parks and shorelines of San Francisco, armed with a folding easel packed on my back. Each picture was painted on the spot, in 3 hours, in an attempt not so much to capture as to encounter the city’s light, structure and movement.

Plein Air Painting - or painting on location - provides the rare chance and privilege of uninterrupted observation of and uninterrupted exposure to a place. When else does one stand 3 hours long, observing something else than a screen? I had the privilege to be the silent witness of local events. From the criminal arrested on the run precisely in the Oak street scene I was painting, to the ominous choice of painting a carwash soon doomed to be destroyed, and the unexpected magical encounter with a stranded sailboat on Pacifica beach, painting on location proved to be a true immersion into the subject. I painted in thick strokes, bright colors, textured surfaces in an attempt to catch the juicy surprises of life.