You know your near the beach when you here Seagulls making those characteristic calls. If you never been to the beach to feed them it's a must. A loaf of bread can go fast. Down near San Luis Pass I took my dad for a trip one day and a loaf of bread to feed the Seagulls. When we arrived there were a couple dilly dallying around and once we started throwing the bread out more and more came over to join in the fun. A good day at the beach. Here's a quick fact Seagulls don't always stay at the beach, I've seen them thirty miles inland before so you might not have to be near the beach to hear Seagulls gawking.
Coming this April on Saturday the 20th and 27th I will be teaching a Plein Air Oil Painting Workshop at Galveston Island. The past year was a blast and hope to kick off this year with some great painting on the Island.
Plein Air Oil Painting - Galveston Island, Texas
Dates: Saturdays April 20th and 27th
Registration/Meetup at Galveston Art League, 10-10:45am cost $40 each session*
Time: 11am to 4pm
Day 1 Saturday 20th: We will be at Galveston Island State Park on the beach. Sketching and Painting the surrounding area with tips and questions answered.
Day 2 Saturday 27th: We will be near the new Galveston Pleasure Pier Sketching and Painting the surrounding area with tips and questions answered.
I try to keep these classes simple, since painting outdoors can be very challenging especially for beginners. If you don't already have a plein air painting setup I do make them and there's a photo of my setup below. This makes painting very easy and free's your hands up, plus you don't have to worry about your setup blowing over. Make sure to contact me at least a week before April 20th.
*Taking each session is not mandatory but recommended since the more you paint the more you learn.
Pochade box, easel/tripod, a way to weigh your setup down, 10lb weight or bag fill with sand
Oil paint Plenty of White, and at least a yellow, blue and red.
Brushes: Size 2,4 flats long handle at least three of each and couple rigger type brushes
OMS: mineral spirits
Medium of your choice
Rags/paper towels, Rags proffered
Couple Panels or canvases to paint on 8x8, 8x10 etc. a panel holder(not required but really handy)
Drink water etc.
Last year at Galveston State Park, check out the clouds.
This is my setup above. Easy and quick but very steady. During this day the wind was blowing pretty good and it didn't even budge, Nice!!
Last year at East Beach near the Galveston channel me in the grey shirt and hat.
Having fun painting on East Beach, a typical classic oil painting easel, got to love em.
I had some requests for adding in boats so here is the first sailboat of the series. This is a yacht called a cutter and the mainsail is gaff-rigged as most sailboats have a triangular main sail this one is cut off at the top. A cutter this size can be upwards of 90 feet long.
Anyone enjoy reading while at the beach? I tried once and failed miserably. I'm one of those guys that has a short attention span and sometimes while reading a book I can go over a couple pages without even following what I read. Mix it up with being at the beach and I have no chance of getting through not even one chapter. I think it has to be a good book and I've read some good ones that I couldn't put down and once stayed up until 5am to finish a book. It's been a while since I read any since, I wonder why lol.
These evening paintings are tough and hope you get a since of in this painting. The new Galveston Pleasure Pier is off in the distance. When it used to be the Flagship Hotel before the Hurricane messed it up you could drive out and there was a fishing shop at the end of the Pier and the lower platform you could walk out and fish on. Some surfers used to jump off the top part into the water a pretty big jump.
Anyone like Jazz music? One of my favorites is Miles Davis and the title of this painting comes from one of his Albums "Kind of Blue", and one of the songs on there I like is called "All Blues" to here it on the big tube click this link: Miles Davis: "All Blues"
Off in the distance a barely seen ship going out to sea. Maybe bound for an Atlantic crossing. Which do you prefer Dole or Chiquita Bananas? Thinking of Bananas, ever notice that the organic ones taste better?
Sometimes the hours sure pass while fishing. Watching the cork bob up and down and wandering what and when if anything will take your bait. Now the waves play tricks on you sometimes and if your unfortunate and your hook gets hung on a rock or oyster reef, which we do have down here, your buddy next to you is going to think you have a really big one on the pole. That won't last very long you see he knows what's up. Then there's crabs they like to take your bait and walk with it making you think something fishy is going on and your right there is. Rarely do you catch a crab since they either take your bait or let go after getting a ride. Still waiting for a nibble....
Occasionally on good days the surf breaks farther out. This one is another evening view and the light caught the white water just right as the sun was going down behind the many buildings along the sea wall.