July 29, 2017

"Bright Summer Morning At Rock Creek" 14x11 pastel

1200.
This pastel was the first demonstration at my recent plein air workshop I taught in the eastern sierra. The location is the Lower Corral near the Rock Creek Lodge. I am already looking forward to getting back up there this Fall. 

July 28, 2017

"Riverbend At Rock Creek" 11x14 pastel

1200.

I recently taught a plein air pastel painting workshop at a long time favorite location in the Eastern Sierra. This pastel was the second of two demos for the group. Although I have painted in this area many times before, I continue to find new compositions to show the beauty of Rock Creek and surrounding areas.


June 27, 2017

"What Are They Growing In There?" 12x16 pastel

1400

I've driven through the Pacheco Pass many times on my way to and from Southern California and I've always wanted to stop and paint there. It is mostly agricultural farmlands with barns and a variety of out buildings.  I was in the area participating in a plein air event so I decided to finally go check it out and I'm so pleased I did. This scene with the green houses caught my attention. This pastel received an honorable mention at the Los Gatos Plein Air Festival.

June 22, 2017

"Evening Calm Vasona Park" 16x12 pastel

 1400.

I recently participated in The Los Gatos Plein Air Festival. This painting was one of several created during the event. Thank you to the Los Gatos Morning Rotary for an outstanding and successful event once again.

June 8, 2017

"Afternoon At Whaler's Cove" 11x14 pastel

Sold.

This pastel was another completed at the Carmel Plein Air Festival. I was on my way to another scene until I turned around and saw this. I stayed at Point Lobos to paint for most of the event and saw many other painting possibilities. It really is an amazing place.


June 7, 2017

"Point Lobos Paradise" 11x14 pastel

1200. Sold

This pastel was the second painting of the morning at Point Lobos during the recent Carmel Plein Air Festival. After completing "Path Of Light" my previous post, I switched directions to the north east and painted this scene. It sure is nice when a place has so many options that you can find a potential painting everywhere you look. That is, if you have had a good nights sleep the night before.


June 2, 2017

"Path Of Light" 16x12 pastel and Getting Enough Sleep

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A couple of weeks ago. I participated in The Carmel Art Festival. This was my fifth year participating in this plein air juried event. The weather was pretty amazing as it was sunny the entire time. After checking in on Wednesday evening, I met my good friend and talented watercolorist Rolf Lygren at Sobranes Point to paint for a couple of hours. When we arrived, it was of course beautiful. There was no shortage of opportunity for making something happen, so we both found our spots and proceeded to paint. Immediately I began wrestling with the composition feeling I had bitten off more than I could manage. I found it very difficult to concentrate and remain focused and the more I pressed on, the worse I was feeling. Blocking in my painting seemed to be impossible. "What was wrong?" I couldn't see values and my drawing was off. After an hour or so of this battle I decided to change things up. Why not? I could do that. I then wiped off my board and began to work on a different scene. I needed to pick something simple and proceeded on my next attempt. This ended up being another battle. I struggled to draw the shapes to block in. After a couple of attempts I stepped back and realized something else was interfering. I was exhausted. That was all it was. The night before arriving in Carmel was at best six hours of sleep, followed by a six and a half hour drive but I have made this drive before and painted afterwards with no problems. I never before realized and was able to identify the importance of sleep as much a this. Sure it happened before but not like this. That evening I was in bed pretty early and I got a good solid night sleep.
The following morning I was firing on all cylinders. I was alert and ready to paint and I felt good. The painting above was my first painting of the day created at Point Lobos. After about two hours of working on this piece, I shifted my attention to the left and painted another scene in about an hour and a half. I was tired after this but it was different now. I knew that I just needed a break and lunch and I would be good to go in the afternoon. Everything went well that day and I owe it all to getting a good night sleep.

"Path Of Light" received three awards. "Best Pastel," "People's Choice" award and "Artist's Choice" Award." I am thrilled and honored. On to the next painting.



May 4, 2017

"Golden Cove" 14x18 pastel

 "Golden Cove" 14x18 pastel  was juried into the California Art Club Exhibition titled "Quintessential California."

April 27, 2017

"Snow Showers" 18x24 pastel

 1800.
This pastel was a finalist In the BoldBrush Painting Competition. It is on display at the San Dimas Festival Of Art On April 28th -30th.


April 4, 2017

"Spring Morning" 8x10 pastel

500. framed + tx.

This pastel will be included in the
                 Laguna Plein Air Painters Association  13th Annual Best of Plein Air 2017
Forest And Ocean Gallery in Laguna Beach. This Exhibition & Sale Hours June 5, 2017 – July 3, 2017. Gallery Hours:  Tues – Fri & Sun 11am – 5pm; Sat 9am – 6pm;
                        Closed Mondays Artist Reception:  Saturday, June 10, 2017, 5 pm – 8 pm

4/4/17 - I have had the pleasure of painting on location lately. Maybe I should say that differently because although I have enjoyed being out of the studio, the painting experience is not always fun. Ok, it is difficult most of the time, at least for this artist. Being outside and enjoying the beauty around me makes up for any difficult painting experience and whether or not the painting is successful, it is always good practice.

March 10, 2017

"Terranea Morning" 8x10 pastel

500. framed + tx.

This pastel will be included in the
                 Laguna Plein Air Painters Association  13th Annual Best of Plein Air 2017
Forest And Ocean Gallery in Laguna Beach. This Exhibition & Sale Hours June 5, 2017 – July 3, 2017. Gallery Hours:  Tues – Fri & Sun 11am – 5pm; Sat 9am – 6pm;
                        Closed Mondays Artist Reception:  Saturday, June 10, 2017, 5 pm – 8 pm

3-10-17 - Wednesday morning I painted at Terranea Resort along the Palos Verdes coast here in
Southern California. It's a great location to spend some time. I'm going back soon.



March 5, 2017

"Signs Of Spring" 6x8 pastel

145. + tx. unframed

Another recently painted plein air piece done at Madrona Marsh. It's raining today but I have a feeling I'll be heading back again this week for more. stay tuned.

I will be teaching pastel workshop on Saturday, April 15th  from 9:30a.m. to 3:00p.m. at Destination Art In Torrance, California. for more information please click here. https://mancusofineart.com/workshops


March 4, 2017

"Morning Breeze Madrona Marsh" 6x8 pastel


145. + tx. unframed

This is another small plein air piece painted at Madrona Marsh in Torrance. Spring is a wonderful time to paint there because there is an abundance of water everywhere attracting the birds and wildlife. Never a dull moment when painting on location.





March 3, 2017

"After The Morning Rain" 6x8 pastel


145. + tx. unframed

I have been spending some time painting at Madrona Marsh Wildlife Preserve lately and after  time working in the studio, I was happy to get outside and work directly from nature.  On this particular morning, it was raining and the rain stopped long enough for me to work on this small piece.



February 25, 2017

"Meandering Through Autumn Fields" 8x6 pastel


145. + tx. unframed

It was cold, the sun was setting and the moon was rising as I came across a creek that was hiding in the field. I happened to be at the right place at the right time.

February 24, 2017

"Morning Fields" 6x8 pastel

350. + tx framed       Sold

While on an autumn painting trip in the eastern sierra, I awoke early enough to watch a storm develop over the mountains. I photographed enough of the area to compose this small piece. It is actually a study for a larger pastel I am currently finishing.  This scene is located just outside of the town of Bishop, California.



February 12, 2017

"Evening On Rock Creek" 8"x6" pastel


 
145. + tx. unframed

This is a small study for a larger piece that is currently being worked on. At this point I really like this one and I'm hoping the larger piece will be as successful. The location is Rock Creek in The Eastern High Sierra.

January 30, 2017

Offshore Breeze Palos Verdes 18x14 pastel

1600. Sold

I have been fascinated by waves since my days back in elementary school at American Martyrs. Back then I remember drawing them on my folders and notebooks, on all paper and even on the formica desktop. I guess it should come as no surprise that I am still amazed by them all these years later.


December 6, 2016

"Portuguese Point And Abalone Cove" 14x11 pastel

 900.
Available through The Garden Gallery In Half Moon Bay
http://artonmain.com/

The recent rains have cleared the air and it has been great to leave the studio and paint on location. I painted this at Palos Verdes. Contact me directly for purchase information.

October 26, 2016

"Warm October Morning" 8x10 pastel

400. + Tx. 



One of the elements I love about painting in autumn is the return of long shadows. They are present throughout the day making patterns and composing much more exciting. This scene was painted on location in Long Valley near Mammoth Lakes, Ca.

October 7, 2016

"The Tide And Tempest" 24x18 pastel

2000.

This scene represents my love for clouds and the possibility of rain. We don't see a lot of rain in Southern California so I appreciate it that much more. This pastel painting will be on display at the Rejoice In Art Exhibit in Redondo Beach. Reception is Friday October 14th 5-7pm.

This piece received "Best Of Show"

 Riviera UMC
375 Palos Verdes Blvd

Redondo Beach, CA 90277

310.378.9273

October 6, 2016

"Rushing In" 12x18 pastel

1200. Sold
Available through The Garden Gallery
http://artonmain.com/

This pastel was selected to be part of the "Rejoice In Art" exhibit In Redondo Beach California.

The reception is from 5pm - 7pm on October 14th At Riviera United Methodist Church In Redondo Beach California. 375 Palos Verdes Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

April 22, 2016

"Mayflies and Mosquitoes" 16x12 pastel

1200. Sold

This scene caught my attention on a walk last summer in the high sierra. After dinner my wife and i took the pond loop, as it's known near Rock Creek Lodge. A short hike that takes you through forest and meadows around a small lake in the Eastern Sierra. As i checked to see if there were any trout in the water I became aware of a mayfly hatch and of course from a flyfishing perspective, it was an entertaining little display with an occasional mosquito interruption. It was a wonderful little bit of slowing down just enough to appreciate natures simple beauty.

April 3, 2016

"October In Round Valley" 20x16 pastel


1800.
Available through my studio.

Last October I spent some time painting in the Eastern Sierra. The time is always well spent but never long enough. I once again experienced perfect weather. For me that means partly cloudy blustery weather with dramatic skies. I love this time of the year because the of the complimentary color palette and longer shadows. It is also a time of transition between summer and winter. It seems that time slows just a bit and that is comforting to me. A time to take stock and be thankful for the simple things that bring joy.

February 1, 2016