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Plein Air Vista Hermosa Natural Park

Today I painted with the Weekend Warrior Painters at their 100th Painting Session at Vista Hermosa Natural Park in Los Angeles. The park is hidden north of downtown Los Angeles with great views of the city. It was overcast today but warm.

Painting of Vista Hermosa Natural Park in Los Angeles by Oscar Will

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Experimental Painting never posted before

This is a painting I did some time ago using a photo of Hermosa Beach as reference. I never did a painting like it before. I’m dusting it off because I am lining up some paintings to go in a Summer theme show at the local Macy’s. More on that later…

Painting in black and white of ocean and beach by Oscar Will
It was a color photo, but because of the weather and lighting it looked black and white photo.
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‘Plane’ Air Painting in Paso Robles, California

I began searching for a place to paint, hopefully with some of the gorgeous farmland as a backdrop. I wandered down a strip of road flanked on both sides by an automotive swap meet and open fields. Capping off the swap meet in the middle of the road were parked two planes from the museum. I walked around and found a the angle I wanted and set up the easel. As I painted, many people came by to see what I was doing, and some even took photos! It was very breezy that day and I had to clamp down the canvas to keep it from flying away. I ended up with a sunburn and the painting posted here.

Plane and Landscape plein air acrylic painting of Paso Robles, California, by Oscar Will
Now I see why many painters are inspired by the rolling hills and patches of farmland in Central California.