Thursday, June 2, 2016

Ventura en Plein Air

for whatever we lose
(like a you or a me)
it's always our self
we find in the sea.
~e.e. cummings

Back in January my pastel group (Pastel Society of the Gold Coast) set up a date to do a "paint out" en plein air. It was at our member Sydney's house, and as you will see, it was a perfectly beautiful location!

After we all chit chatted for a while, the wind calmed down and the sun peaked out from behind the clouds. It was the perfect day to be outside with my pastel box! That is my Heilmann pastel box above on the tripod, and below ...

You can see the watercolor underpainting in the photo above, and my setup below, as well. Dont'cha just love those cool blues, greens and purples in the pastel box?

The world is mud-luscious
and puddle-wonderful.
~e.e. cummings

It was like a little art homecoming to be working in Ventura where I grew up, and down in the Ventura Keys, the neighborhood where some of my childhood friends lived.

Well, the piece did not get finished outdoors and still needs to be resolved in the studio (more work on the water and it needs some palm trees!) but it's always so great to be doing art outside in a beautiful place.

After meeting with my pastel group, I headed to the Ventura Pier for dinner and a margarita with my friend Tina, who I met in nursery school! After we ordered, I looked out the window and saw this guy! Isn't he beautiful?!

I love pelicans, especially after hearing in a documentary how sweet and loving they are! Some of the people who worked on Winged Migration, behind the scenes, said the "pelis" would literally come up to the people who raised them, and hug them by putting their wings around them! Makes me tear up to think of it!

I remember fishing on this pier as a kid.  One time, I was out there fishing and I cast out my line and a pelican flew right in front of me, grabbing my bate and the hook! It was awful and terrifying. We cut the line immediately and prayed he would be OK. I never fished off a pier again, and think of it every time I see someone fishing on a pier somewhere. 

Just look at this face! What a sweet beauty!

Once we believe in ourselves,
we can risk curiosity, 
spontaneous delight,
or any experience that reveals the human spirit.
~e.e. cummings

I thanked him for be such a generous model and letting me take his picture, before he flew away. 

We had enormous fish tacos and then walked down onto the rocky beach. This was back in January after the storms. It was a gorgeous evening ... cool, crisp and breezy with the salty air of the Pacific.

trust your heart if the seas catch fire,
live by love though the stars walk backward.
~e.e. cummings

Tina and I on the beach!

I host a blog for the Pastel Society of the Gold Coast, and did a post about the plein air day on that blog, as well. A few photos are the same but there additional shots, including work by other artists if you want to check it out! Here is the link Pastel Society of the Gold Coast.

I thank you God
for this most amazing day,
for the leaping greenly spirits of trees,
and for the blue dream of sky
and for everything which is natural,
which is infinite,
which is 
~e.e. cummings

blessings and light


Rick Forrestal said...

What a fun workshop and getaway.
Great shots, beautiful scenery.
Love your work, by the way.
And . . .
pelicans are my very favorite sea bird.
(Hope he got rid of the hook.)

donna baker said...

Oh Lucinda, what a gorgeous piece you're working on. The clouds are incredible. I just posted about Sargent's Carnation, Lily Lily Rose. He painted at the same time each evening for two years. Gorgeous photos.

Linda said...

Magnificent and gorgeous! I also love the quotes. Greetings from Montreal, Canada. :)

Loree said...

Your painting is beautiful - as are your photos. The colours are just amazing. I love pelicans too and will forever cherish the memory of swimming with one in Cabo San Lucas. I don't know whether it was always the same bird, but every time we went to the beach he would be there and he didn't mind me getting close to him either. I thought that was so cool.

MARTY said...

lucinda, it's always nice to visit your blog ! beautiful images and your work is great !

Cristina Deboni said...

Complimenti! una bellissima serie di foto e che bel porto!!! un posto tranquillo per disegnare con i gessetti! ciao Cri : )