Ink & watercolor (Larger)

Saturday I painted wtih the East Bay Plein Air Painters at the foot of 5th Avenue in Oakland. It’s an amazing little enclave of funky art studios, rusty old boats in a beat-up marina, and industrial buildings not far from Jack London Square.

I arrived very late, being unable to push myself this weekend to move quickly or arise early. I did this one little watercolor sketch sitting in the hot sun and took a lot of photos. I was fascinated by the many varieties of fire extinguisher equipment on all the old waterfront shacks (I’m easily amused, I suppose) and painted the oil below from one of the photos I took on Saturday, working from the image displayed on my computer screen.


Oil on panel, 8×6″ (Larger)

Here’s a photo from the 5th Avenue Marina, or, as it says in the photo, the “Oakland Riviera”:

Click image to enlarge and see the soldiers on the missile. I’ll be posting more of my photos and paintings from 5th Avenue soon.

Oil Painting, Painting, Photos, Plein Air, Sketchbook Pages, Watercolor
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Join the conversation! 6 Comments

  1. Excellent job on drawing and painting that truck! I knew I was gonna like this one when the image got held up loading with only about 1/2″ showing. The oil came out great too!

    What a funny picture, I didn’t realize those were soldiers till I enlarged it. Somebody has a sense of humor!


  2. It sounds like a fun day. That top painting seems to really have captured the atmosphere. Nice work, Jana!


  3. yes, good stuff, i like the bright colours in the first one, and the shadows!


  4. What a great job on this view, Jana! I love the varied hues of the firetruck too!!!!! BTW, I also love the sketching of the folks at the station! If I ever want time to fly, sketching seems to do that — but don’t you love being lost in the sketching!!!


  5. hi, i have been following your work for awhile. I like the variety of things that you do. I have been trying to get myself to paint and sketch more so i started my own blog to try and force myself to keep up and you have been an inspiration. Thanks.



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