San Francisco Plein Air - Immersion & Encounter

San Francisco Alamo Square

12x12", Oil on Canvas, 2018 Plein Air

Back Yard

2018, Oil on Panel

San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts

2018, Oil on canvas, 12x12"

Hyde Pier

12x12", Oil on Canvas, 2018

Page Street

14x11, 2017, Oil on Canvas

San Francisco City Hall

Plein Air Painting, 11x14", Oil on Canvas, 2018

Pacifica Beach

Original Painting, 12x12", Oil on Canvas, 2018

Pacifica Beach

2018, 11x14", Oil on Canvas

Ship wreck Grey

2018, Oil on canvas, 16x20"

Dolores Basilica San Francisco

Plein Air Painting, 11x14", Oil on Canvas, 2018

San Francisco Café du Soleil Haight

12x12", Oil on Canvas, 2018, Café du Soleil Haight Street

Chinese Pavillon Golden Gate Park

Original Painting, 12x12", Oil on Canvas, 2018

Stinson Beach

11x14, Oil on Canvas, 2017

Sutro Baths

Original Painting, 11x14", Oil on Canvas, 2018

Divisadero Car Wash

14x11, 2017, Oil on Canvas

Alamo Square Park

14x11, 2017, Oil on Canvas

Dolores Park San Francisco

16x20", Oil on Canvas, 2018

Bolinas Beach

Duboce Park

12x12", Oil on Canvas, 2018

Oak Street San Francisco

11x14, Oil on Canvas, 2017

Conservatory of Flowers

11x14, Oil on Canvas, 2017

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.