I recently hiked up to Diamond Heights near Noe Valley in San Francisco for yet another plein air adventure. The day was bright and warm, a pleasant respite from the recent cold spell. I focused on a towering eucalyptus tree that dwarfed the dog walkers on the road below.
I think I am going to attempt this plein air thing on a regular basis. It seems to be a good generative source of ideas for my studio work. My next studio piece will feature a snowbound landscape, inspired by a piece I painted recently in Hope Valley, Tahoe. I’ve also been reading a lot about Snorri Sturlson, a classic Icelandic poet whom chronicled the Norse myths we know today. As a result, this next illustration is going to feature the original warrior babes, the Valkyries. It’s going to be quite an epic painting, so this little sketch is just a tidbit of what’s to come!