Old boat on rails at China Camp State Park

Old Boat on Rails, Oil on panel, 9×12″ (larger)

Blazing hot sun on the beach made plein air painting a challenge Sunday at China Camp State Park, an historic site where Chinese immigrants lived in a shrimp fishing village in the 1880s. It is a fabulous place to paint, with a small ghost town and old boats, (many with Chinese lettering) beautiful views of bay and marshland and hiking and biking trails that go for miles.

I was painting with the Benecia Plein Air Painters, a wonderful group of painters led by Jerry Turner. Many painters stayed until sunset, capturing the sunset and late afternoon glowing light. I painted from about noon until 3:30 (minus a break for a suprise birthday party lunch for Jerry) and after a little splashing around in the water, headed home to the fog belt to cool off.

I’d been given my own surprise birthday party the day before by my wonderful neighbors. I was completely stunned and delighted to find all my dearest friends and family and coworkers standing there throwing confetti and yelling Happy Birthday!

What a feast my neighbors made for me, with all of my favorite traditional Mexican foods that C & A are famous for, plus a beautiful cake and decorations galore. Their backyard was covered in balloons, and signs and banners and a banquet’s worth of delicious food.  What a special birthday treat!

One of my party favors was a purple hat that says “At my age, Happy Hour is a NAP!” I love it! My yearlong birthday celebration continues….

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  1. Happy Birthday, Jana! It sounds like a great party.
    This painting is excellent, so full of atmosphere. You’ve become a really painter in oils in such a short time!

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  2. WHAT A FABULOUS JOB, JANA!!! THE COLORS, FORM, LIGHT — REALLY A BEAUTIFUL PAINTING!! I LOVE THE WATER, ESPECIALLY – THOSE WHITE WAVES AND WATER!!! So glad your birthday was grand!

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  3. That boat is a stunner, Jana, and I agree with
    Lin, the water and surf are exceptional. Is it
    my astigmatic eyes or did you use a palette
    knife– they look three-dimensional?

    And Hurray for the birthday celebrations!

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  4. Great colours in this one.
    And I need a purple hat like that!

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  5. Happy Birthday to you Jana – and what a lovely painting – i like the light in this painting very much – it looks so terrificly transparent!
    Greetings from Petra

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  6. I’m very late with my wishes, but we’re luckily still in june…wish you a wonderful, year Jana, with lots of new discoveries and growt and adventures in your art!
    I love this painting! It has so muych dimension and texture which all adds to its’ wonderful atmosphere!
    ronell

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  7. Very belated birthday wishes to you. Sounds like a fabulous party. How nice for you. I hope you have a wonderful year.

    I really admire this painting, especially the way you handled the water. Wonderful work!

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  8. beautiful painting!!
    i love the tickness of the paint:)

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