Am I alone in finding the Pacific Ocean and coast of California one of the most magical places on this beautiful planet of ours?
It is a nostalgic journey for me and it is also very fun to paint.
|Shell Shop - Morro Bay 24x20"|
|Giovani's - Morro Bay 16x12"|
Giovanni's Fish Market and Galley in Morro Bay was founded by Mike DeGarimore in 1973 his son, Giovanni took over the family business in 2004.
Giovanni is into local seafood products and sustainable sourcing which is important to my household. Just the BEST!
|Borradori Garage 24x20"|
The Borradori Garage in Cayucos looks like an old abandoned industrial site.
It was built in 1932 and in 1949 the state of California moved Highway 1, purchasing the property and the garage. Sam Borradori bought the building back and then moved the structure slightly to its present location at 455 N. Ocean Blvd. (I found info about the building on The SLO Tribune site)
The property is now owned by the Dante Borradori family. Dan (Sam’s nephew) and wife, Sharon Borradori did the restoration along with local winery owner Stuart Selkirk. It is now used for nonprofit events.
Barbara's Fishtrap in Half Moon Bay (Princeton Harbor) was established in 1971 and has been one of my go to places on the coast for years… some really seriously great fish and chips!
|Patrick's Salt Water Taffy 16x12" - in progress|
This is the painting that I was working on when I left for vacation in early May... back to Cayucos again… 3 weeks later and back in Studio 202 continuing. The under colors are now in… time to start the "real" painting.
Patrick's Salt Water Taffy is this crazy pink and white building on Highway 1 in Bodega Bay that has been there since 1960. Really, is there anyway I could not paint this?
I have, at the moment, 3 more paintings lined up and ready to start for this series… one at a time.
I am also working on (when I need a break) some small pen & ink drawings of the Dog Patch area of San Francisco. I plan to eventually do some large scale mixed media drawings with washes. On the back burner for now. Such an interesting part of the city with all the amazing abandoned industrial buildings.