This landscape is from a photo that I took on an outing last year outside Santa Rosa. My friend and I took the wrong turn off and ended up wandering around the back roads heading toward the ocean. We found a little cafe to have lunch in and ended up at the beach. It was a wonderful day and I took a ton of photos. None of them are very good and now that I can see the work of photographers like David Sumner and Robert Vo, I know how mediocre my work is. But it's a good reference point for my art and frankly, that's all I ask of it. I thought it was finished but now that I look at it, I wonder if I need more contrast. On the other hand, the piece (which is really badly photographed) has a lovely serene quality which I really like.
This piece started out as one of my figurative works. Two people were facing each other over a cup or two of coffee. I never liked the piece and felt that the figures were beyond my usual clumsy. I painted over it, intending to repaint the same subject but decided that I really like it as a color study/abstract/landscape.
Comments anyone? Opinions? Ideas? Titles? All that stuff in the background is my studio table with more art work propped against the wall.