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Traveller

I always feel that I am a traveller, going somewhere and to some destination. If I tell myself that the somewhere and the destination do not exist, that seems to me very likely and reasonable enough … So at the end of the course I shall find my mistake. Be it so. I shall find then that not only the Arts, but everything else as well, were only dreams, that one’s self was nothing at all.

Vincent Van Gogh Aug 6 1888

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Los Angeles State Historic Park

I did this painting this week en plein air of Los Angels State Historic Park near the Chinatown area of Los Angeles. The light of the day was waning into a yellow wash by the time I was applying the main colors, so I went with it.

The short story of this park is that this stretch of land by railroad tracks was going to be made into a row of warehouses but the community rallied together to show its best use was for a modern park. There are great stretches of green grass, many exhibits, and a lot of modern design with wood and stone.

This bridge curves and ends in a view of downtown Los Angeles.
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Oxnard Beach Plein Air Painting

Acrylic landscape impressionism painting by Oscar Will of Oxnard State Beach

Last weekend I was at Oxnard Beach and brought along my painting gear. The best view was down where the surf was coming in, so I set up the easel and painted quickly as the waves licked my feet.

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Macy’s Burbank “Dreams” Art Show

Now until the end of Fall artwork will be hanging at the Macy’s in Burbank in a show titled “Dreams.” It features artwork hand-drawn by local children and members of the Burbank Art Association. Below are some fuzzy photos from my phone.

My “Ballerina” painting is on the left
Paintings hang on the wall in an exhibition Oscar Will
My painting “B&W Beach” is at the top.
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Dream up some art at Macy’s Burbank

Below is the flyer for  a new event for kids & new art show opening entitled “Dreams” July 28th, 2018 2-4PM at Macy’s in Burbank, California. Kid’s art events are in the Children’s section on the 3rd floor and the art reception is in the First Floor Elevator Gallery.

Macy's Burbank July 28th 2-4PM Kids, come and make art with the BAA
Art show features two of my paintings, “Ballerina” and “B&W Beach.”

Ballerina acrylic painting by Oscar Will

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Stoney Point Park Plein Air

I met the Weekend Warrior Painters at Stoney Point Park in Chatsworth, CA. It was very hot that morning but I preservered and found a spot to paint under an oak tree. Looking south I could see the tall sandstone rocks and a dusty trail.

Stoney Point Park acrylic painting by Oscar Will
Still going through my abstract impressionistic Cloisonnist art phase.
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St. Leon Armenian Church Finished Painting

Acrylic cityscape painting of church by Oscar Will

I made a lot of finishing touches on my painting from the weekend. I tidied up the right side, added a wash to the left side, and finished the glass blocks towards the bottom. A big change was the alcove with the cross over it in the center. In the original, I didn’t have enough room for the cross, so I repainted the whole section. I thought halfway through that I ruined it, but it came out fine, I think.

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St. Leon Armenian Church

Evening Plein air painting with the Weekend Warrior Painters at St. Leon Armenian Church in Burbank, CA. Thank you to the pastor for letting our group paint until 8PM. I am still working on my Cloisonnism painting technique, I have some final details to do but as it is here it’s mostly finished. I will post the final painting.

St. Leon Church painting by Oscar Will
Just before the sun set on a very hot summer day.
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Futile Ladders and Cloisonnism

I went to the Glendale Narros Riverwalk with Isabella to find a site to paint. The LA River has trees, herons, blackbirds, pidgeons, and other wildlife. I was looking for something to paint that had great contrast because I wanted to try a new (to me) painting style, Cloisonnism. Cloisonnism is characterised by solid areas of color separated by dark lines. Gauguin’s painting of “Yellow Jesus” is considered a representative painting. The most striking sight was not of nature, but was seen when we passed under the freeway. There was a few feet of light illuminating two ladders, both inadequate to climb the wall they leaned against. Isabella took a picture and I used it as reference for this painting.

Acrylic Painting of ladders under an overpass by Oscar Will
Reference photo taken by Isabella Will.