Urban Landscapes

Plaza de Panama, Balboa Park

Plaza de Panama Balboa Park Painting San Diego Arches - for sale
Recently the city covered over a parking lot in the middle of Balboa Park. It's changed the feeling completely, and I wanted to paint that.

Spanish House in Hillcrest, San Diego

Hillcrest San Diego Landscape Painting Fall light in Hillcrest- buy now
Today the light shifted from summer to fall, just like that. Here's my attempt to capture it.

Hotel del Coronado Watercolor

Hotel del Coronado Painting Watercolor San Diego the Hotel Del- buy now
Painted this morning on a bench in Coronado.

Downtown Hooters Restaurant, San Diego

Gaslamp Quarter San Diego Painting Orange Awnings - buy now
This Victorian block in the Gaslamp Quarter- downtown San Diego- now houses a Hooters franchise.

Tulip Chairs Outside the Laundromat

South Park San Diego Painting Tulip Chairs Outside the Laundromat - buy now
A hot afternoon while my clothes did their thing in the laundromat. In South Park, San Diego.

San Francisco Embarcadero Watercolor

San Francisco Painting, Watercolor Embarcadero At the Embarcadero- for sale
Painted from a bench outside the Ferry Building on the San Francisco Embarcadero.


Airport Layover Painting Los Angeles Layover at LAX - For sale
In the basically colorless space of the terminal, her pink dress caught my attention.

San Francisco Painting, Mission

San Francisco Painting Victorian Building The Mission Mission Morning - for sale
Painted over breakfast in the Mission. With gray fog shrouding the skies overhead, everything was bleached and pale. We agreed this building was a polluted seafoam color, and that it would be much better in the painting to change it to a nice, clean seafoam color.

San Francisco Skyline from Russian Hill

San Francisco Painting Transamerica Pyramid Skyline Transamerica Pyramid - buy now
From the crest of Russian Hill, in search of the perfect view of the Transamerica Pyramid. I mountaineered down steep- to put it mildly- streets and steps until finding a cool park shaded by huge old umbrella pines. That's where I found my perfect view of the skyscrapers of the Financial District. I also found some mossy benches leaning at drunken, uncomfortable angles. I shoved my bag and jacket under myself, trying to get fairly level to paint. That's when I felt it: the shaking. My cup of water tumbled off my lap and spilled on the bricks of the sidewalk. Earthquake? Not at all. The shaking was uncontrollable leg spasms. My wimpy muscles, apparently, are not adequately up to the challenge of San Francisco vertical- street-climbing. How did I arrive in this sorry state? Evil French tourists! After climbing the lower part of the Himalayan slopes of Hyde Street, and getting tired, hot, and lazy, I thought, whatever, I'll take a cable car. So I found a stop and then the cable car arrived. I was happy. No more lugging a bag of painting supplies up these hills. I flagged down the cable car. The conductor waved. "4 people only!" he shouted. As I prepared to get on the car, a nimble French family sprinted in front of me and got on the car instead! A father, a mother, a daughter and a son with a camera. 4 people. There was no room for me. This was an evil act. I shook my fists at them in impotent rage and just walked up the damn hill instead. And then I underwent a physical collapse. Eventually I finished the painting and went to a bar and had whiskey. The End.

San Francisco Bay Bridge Sailboats

San Francisco Bay Bridge Painting From the Embarcadero- buy now
Really perfect weather in San Francisco.
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