"Twin Pines, Venice Beach", plein air, 12x16, oil on board
I decided to take advantage of the lovely weather and went out to the beach this afternoon to paint. The Venice plein air group was meeting at Casperson Beach to paint, but as I reached the turn on Harbor Drive that leads to Casperson, I spied the twins with their graceful long trunks extending high above the rest of the scrub pines. So I turned into that beach instead, which is just north of the fishing pier and painted the twin pines for about an hour and a half. The sun was just starting to turn everything that bewitching orangey color as I packed up my gear right before sunset. I missed a beautiful sunset painting, but still enjoyed the sky on the way home.
The eagles used to build their nests in these trees, but I haven't seen them in a few years. Please send me an email if you are interested in this painting. It's probably my last painting for a while, since the family is coming in next week for Thanksgiving!