oil on linen on panel
Today I met with several artists from Allied Artists to paint at Topanga State Beach. I have wanted to paint the Old Topanga Ranch Motel across the PCH there for a while so I was excited to get to this paint-out. You can read an article here about the motel and when it closed. It's another one of those iconic landmarks from years gone by and I was drawn to paint the sun hitting the buildings and of course the orange/red and green roofs. Had some success keeping it painterly, but I probably could have kept it more simple...like usual:)
The way it goes with plein air painting...I ended up having to leave in a rush...I had made the mistake of spraying sun-screen in my face before I got started. I thought I was being very responsible, but as the bottle says... you're not supposed to spray it directly in your face? When I realized that my burning and runny eyes were not due to a nearby fire...(I had seen some firetruck whizzing by and then smoke, well actually the fog rolled in) I decided to pack it up.
My eyes finally got better after splashing water in them repeatedly...but I wont do that again.