[singlepic id=168 w=320 h=460 float=left] California Dreamin' was the theme for the big preview party at the 2008 Sausalito Art Festival. After two solid months of snow on the ground, I am definitely dreaming of sunshine and art fairs. Walking up the hill from my booth in Sausalito last summer, we saw a tiny yard with these fantastic hydrangea bushes. I took as many photos of them as I thought would be useful, and those hydrangeas have become the basis for a small series including this, my forty-fifth oil, Immersion. I love doing these paintings, and plan to continue the series as I move to pastel. But I'm definitely going to need to get my own hydrangeas first! It turns out that I didn't shoot as much as I thought I did on the way up that hill, and as much as I alter my reference shots for painting, there is only so much I can do with eighteen photos.  

Just a reminder for anyone in the Spokane area: eye4art is this Saturday at Mead High School. I'll be there with a few new pastels and maybe some new oils as well. Find more information on this art show and sale here.