View from Fairmead Park, Oil on Gessobord, 9x12"

View from Fairmead Park, Oil on board, 9x12"

Sometimes painting in a pretty park with views leads to painting surrounding suburbia (or is it “urbia”?)  instead of the park.  The scene I wanted to paint (a picnic area between big eucalyptus trees) was occupied by teenage boys smoking pot and I decided to leave them alone. I didn’t think they’d appreciate me setting up my easel and staring at them, and they were there first.

Fairmead Park in Richmond is a little, hidden gem of a park. It is almost at the top of a hill with interesting views, the sounds of birds and squirrels, and the wonderful scent of eucalyptus. I got a good start to the painting while I was there and took some photos so I could finish it at home. I tried to focus on values, color and getting the paint down and leaving it alone and I really like the way it turned out.

Here is the photo I used, taken from the edge of the park which goes up the hill behind where I stood:

Fairmead Park photo reference

Fairmead Park photo reference

So is this Suburbia or Urbia — it’s on the edge of a very urban area in the town of San Pablo but it looks pretty suburban, doesn’t it?

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  1. Your painting turned out very well! I love the narratives that accompany your paintings.

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  2. Like Carol C I love the narratives, too. And it’s such fun when you
    also include a photo so we can see what you chose to show and
    what to leave out.

    annie

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  3. What a charming painting – so much more inviting and warm than the reference photo.

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    • Thanks Sherry, It’s rare when a photo (that I take) can compare favorably to a painting. Hmmm. Maybe that’s saying something good about my paintings instead of a criticism of my photography skills? Jana

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  4. Had to laugh at your laissez faire attitude – another person might have blown the whistle! 😉

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    • Well, the local police have their hands full with a lot more serious problems and the boys weren’t causing any trouble (for anyone besides themselves that is). Jana

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  5. I think this is a big step forward! Luscious paint strokes. Really nice!

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  6. I liked the angle you chose to so this work and also showed how to focus from reference, beautiful job!

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  7. impressive work…

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