Friday, November 22, 2013

'Trinidad California, Paintings from the North Coast'

We have had some very dry weather and little fog this late summer and fall. In late September through October my wife Terry and I drove up to Trinidad each day to meet up and paint with several friends. Most days were stunning, some very windy so we had to back off the bluffs or pack it up for the day. Down on the beach there was some protection from the wind. This body of work was painted during that time period, most of it from the bluffs above Trinidad State Beach, some from other areas in Trinidad when I tried to escape the winds. I also have posted three watercolors. Sometimes I make a watercolor work with only transparent washes, but you'll see I have used opaque passages when all else failed. I enjoy working with watercolor and don't mind going opaque if I can make the painting work. It does tend to take on the look of an oil. Everything was painted on site with some adjustments made in the studio where I felt it was needed. Thanks for taking a look and I appreciate any comments.

Trinidad State Beach with Painter
9x12 oil on linen panel

Morning shadows, Trinidad State Beach
24x36 oil on linen

Morning Shadows 11x14 oil on linen panel

Afternoon Sun 11x14 oil on linen panel

Bluff Painters Four 9x12 oil on linen on panel

Bluff Painters 12x9 oil on linen on panel

College Cove Afternoon 11x15

College Cove Bathers 11x15

Arch, Trinidad State Beach 7x10
opaque watercolor

Incoming Fog 9x12 oil on linen panel

Late Light 16x24 Trinidad State Beach

Mid-Morning, State Beach 12x16
oil on linen panel

Low Tide-Late Light 5x7 oil on linen panel

Low Tide 2 7x5 oil on linen on panel

Luffenholtz Cypress 12x16 oil on linen panel

Mid Morning Sun 11x14 oil on linen panel

Sea Stacks, Low Tide 14x18 oil on linen panel

Afternoon Sun, Trinidad State Beach
16x12 oil on line panel


  1. They all look so great, and fresh! I especially like seeing how you handle the cloudy and foggy day, where you don't have the light and shadow effect to play with. Cloudy days are all not just about dark values, I got to look better and not just assume.

  2. Jim, as an untutored art lover, I have decided to paint more seriously since retirement. I know it takes time and effort but your blog is both instructive and inspiring and I want to encourage you to continue to post your works. Even images like the "block in" exercise in the previous post offers helpful information on your process. Martin O.

  3. You are an amazing artist. I love to learn from you in 2014.send me an email when you have a workshop. I am an abstract painting now and it has been awhile since I did landscapes or still life. Your love for nature is very obvious in how you express it in your paintings. SO paintings evoke so much passion.

    1. Hello Anonymous, I just posted two workshops coming up this fall.

  4. Your work is absolutely inspiring, Jim. Thanks for sharing. I LOVE, love, love them all, especially this group of studies. You make it look so easy. If, only!

  5. Thanks to all of you for the comments. Jim