Meadowlands

Landscapes of 2014

"Meadowlands," 11 inches by 14 inches on canvas.

“Meadowlands,” 14 inches by 11 inches on canvas.

Although I haven’t had much time recently for outdoor painting and the weather has been just plain nasty, 2014 was a good year for plein air. I had my first ever show featuring my landscape work at the Latvian Center in San Francisco and I’m happy to say that it was received well. A recent illustration project has kept me in the studio for the past month, so I hope to get in few landscape pieces over the Christmas break the moment there’s a break in the rainy weather. Here are some of my favorite plein air studies from 2014:

"Two Sentinels," 14 inches by 11 inches on canvas.

“Two Sentinels,” 14 inches by 11 inches on canvas.

"Hunting Grounds," 11 inches by 14 inches on canvas.

“Hunting Grounds,” 14 inches by 11 inches on canvas.

"Firewater," 11 inches by 7 inches on canvas.

“Firewater,” 11 inches by 7 inches on canvas.

"Lake Anza," 15 inches by 12 inches on canvas.

“Lake Anza,” 15 inches by 12 inches on canvas.

An on location sketch of the banks of the Colorado River as seen inside the Grand Canyon, AZ.

An on location sketch of the banks of the Colorado River as seen inside the Grand Canyon, AZ.

Painting at Green River, Utah.

Painting at Green River, Utah.

While I wasn't able to bring plein air supplies on a trip to the Grand Canyon last April, I did do plenty of sketching.

While I wasn’t able to bring plein air supplies on a trip to the Grand Canyon last April, I did do plenty of sketching.

Painting on location in the Emigrant Wilderness, CA.

Painting on location in the Emigrant Wilderness, CA.

"Fall Colors," a group show from September featuring the work of eight local Bay Area artists... including your's truly!

“Fall Colors,” a group show from September featuring the work of eight local Bay Area artists… including your’s truly!

Looking back on it, 2014 was full of highs and lows. As usual I learned a ton and made many, many mistakes. I am beginning to feel that plein air painting will always be the most challenging thing that I do as an artist. Nature seems to be infinitely more complex than any illustration assignment I’ve ever handled. What could be a better way to continue honing my skills? Until next year, Nature.

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  1. John Nitta
    John Nitta says:

    You’ve had a very busy and productive year! It’s neat to see your passion for illustration doesn’t end at the studio, and you take it traveling to such awesome wild places. Good work!

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