Tormey View, Oil on board, 9x12"

Tormey View, Oil on board, 9x12"

 

It’s nice to remember those sunny summer and fall days when painting outdoors required sunscreen, not rain gear. Back in October I painted this view from the former refinery “company town” of Tormey. Now Tormey is just a couple blocks long on the edge of the Tosco Oil Refinery near Crockett. At the end of the main (only?) street  is a small paddock with horses and goats. It was a fun place to paint.

I did 75% of the painting onsite and finished it in the studio from this photo:

 

Reference photo for Tormey, CA

Reference photo for Tormey, CA

Now it’s another rainy Sunday here in the San Francisco Bay Area, but after a great walk in the hills between showers, I’m happy to be in the studio working on several paintings in progress.

 

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  1. Who’d have thought that a refinery would make such an appealing subject?

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  2. You know, I can picture myself standing right there in that spot, turning round and round and saying, ‘there is nothing to paint!’. Here you’ve gone and made this wonderful painting. Well done!

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    • Hah ha. That’s happened to me so many times. I actually had walked around and around trying to find a spot and then got inspired by the tanks of all things, reflecting the light so prettily on the hill. Jana

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  3. Here in the Washington DC area we are freezing! Brrrrrrrrrrrr. A little bit of snow today, very unusual this early in the season. It’s not even winter yet!

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  4. Oops, I should have noted that of course your painting looks wonderful. Both because it’s very beautiful. And because it’s not depicting snow!

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