Friday, April 30, 2010

Lang Ranch woods

Lang Ranch woods
Originally uploaded by Spencer Mackay
I have started using Flickr more to post my work, but there is also the capacity to post onto my blog from my Flickr Photostream. Just trying that out. Had great fun painting this Tuesday afternoon.  Watercolor on Arches 140 lb. block.


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Lang Ranch woods

My head drawing class was cancelled again and I had some afternoon time Tuesday to do something, so I decided to drive to a spot about 2 miles from my house to do some sketch painting.  There is a Chumash Indian museum in an area called Lang Ranch.  Back in the day, we used to go camping here with the Boy Scouts, but now there is a nice museum on the land and a park.

I set up a folding chair under the oaks and found a spot where the sunlight broke through the tree canopy.  There was an interesting tree with a dry creek behind and I decided to paint that.

Watercolor on Fabriano 140lb block.  Took about an hour.  Beautiful and restful, a great use of an hour.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Steam Locomotive Travel Town, Griffith Park, LA

Sketched this locomotive Friday in Travel Town, part of Griffith Park.  I met my son Craig on our lunch and we only had a half hour to sketch after we ate our chicken tacos.  I got the ink sketch down but had to add the water color at home.  I think next time I'll try something more close up.  There are lot's of interesting shapes and castings on the trains.