Sunday, September 09, 2012

Oak Path

Oak Path by Spencer Mackay
Oak Path, a photo by Spencer Mackay on Flickr.

Lone oak tree in Chesebro Canyon Park about a half mile from my home in Agoura Hills. Lucky to have such a magical place so close. Makes it easy to secape civilization on a moment's notice.

20 x 28 on 140 lb Arches WC paper.

Shadow Oak

Shadow Oak by Spencer Mackay
Shadow Oak, a photo by Spencer Mackay on Flickr.

20 x 28 wc painting of oak tree near my friend Taylor Driggs' house in Oak Park, CA.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

East Lake, Hoover Wilderness, Sierra Nevada, California

Had a great time backpacking with two of my sons last week in the Hoover Wilderness on the East slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains.  The area is Northeast of Yosemite National Park near Bridgeport.  On Friday, we hiked from our camp at Green Lake to East Lake.  I brought along my watercolor stuff and this was done plein air from a rock on the shore of the lake looking North.  Arches paper about 8x10 in size.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012


Hanging-valley-Zions by Spencer Mackay
Hanging-valley-Zions, a photo by Spencer Mackay on Flickr.

This was a quick plein air water color sketch in my Moleskine. Zions is a wonderful park, so full of amazing scenes! Corwded on memorail Day though...:-(


Narrows-repaint by Spencer Mackay
Narrows-repaint, a photo by Spencer Mackay on Flickr.

Tried a repaint of the plein air piece. Stronger values, but I liked the colors in the first one better.


Narrows-plein-air by Spencer Mackay
Narrows-plein-air, a photo by Spencer Mackay on Flickr.

Painted this last Sunday plein air in Zion's National Park

Saturday, April 21, 2012


Taylor's-Oak-After by Spencer Mackay
Taylor's-Oak-After, a photo by Spencer Mackay on Flickr.

Watercolor of a valley oak near my home. I reworked the foreground with pastel and saved an otherwise unremarkable painting.


water color of a vallley oak near my home before I fixed it with soft pastel.


Hannah's-landscape by Spencer Mackay
Hannah's-landscape, a photo by Spencer Mackay on Flickr.

My 11 year old granddaughter painted this with only minimal coaching!

Saturday, February 25, 2012


Paramount-Ranch-Road by Spencer Mackay
Paramount-Ranch-Road, a photo by Spencer Mackay on Flickr.

I reworked a plein air water color sketch I did a few months ago at Paramount Ranch. It was pretty dead, so I hit it with some pastels and in my opinion it was an improvement. I wish I thought to take a picture before I started, so youi could see the difference.


Washingtonia-palm by Spencer Mackay
Washingtonia-palm, a photo by Spencer Mackay on Flickr.

This is a pastel sketch I did today of a neighbor's tree.