Georgia O'Keefe Museum in Santa Fe. It was great to see the unusual ones, the more abstract cloud scapes were amazing.
This is a peak behind the curtain of my process: I go into nature and take photos and color notes on site, then go back to the studio and often times will make a watercolor painting/study first and then a painting from that. This particular one is of the California Central Coast, early morning at Jalama Beach.
This is the inspiration photo:
watercolor: "Study for Jalama II" 2016, Watercolor, Gouache, Gold, Silver on Paper. 22"x 30":
...and the finished painting: "Jalama II", 2015, Acrylic, Silver on Canvas. 36"x48":
There is an exhibition at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art up right now that works in tandem with the "London Calling" British Art Exhibition at the Getty Museum (on view until Nov 13, 2016). The Santa Barbara show focuses on British art from Whistler to WWII, which is exactly where the Getty show takes off. It's well worth the visit.
There are several works in progress in the studio. I've been working on these abstractions of landscapes for a while now. I was working on the Colorband Series which was based purely on the colors of landscapes, when the compositions of the landscapes started creeping in. It went from solely straight colorbands, to adding diagonals, and eventually realistic elements of the landscpae like the cliffs, mountains and rocks. The colorbands usually stay in the diaphanous parts of the painting, like the sky and the water. The geometric elements disrupt and draw attention to the surface, while interplaying with the colors of the landscape. I usually start with thin washes of acrylic paint to lay down the color and composition. Then I draw the lines and continue to paint with oil paint and silver leaf.