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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.
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Fruit Trees Number Three

This is the third painting of this same subject. The first draft of this one didn’t excite me. I got out the black gesso and palette knifes and it turned a little abstract and high saturation.

Fruit Trees number three acrylic painting by Oscar Will

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Macy’s Burbank Summer Show June 2018

El Matador State Beach in Malibu, California. One of many art pieces from the Burbank Art Association featured in Macy’s Summer Art Show! Artist reception is June 9th in Burbank, California.

For location information: https://l.macys.com/burbank-ca

Original painting of El Matador State Beach in Malibu, California by Oscar Will.
Another painting from my “palette knife” phase gets picked for a show. Hmm. I think it’s a sign.
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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.
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WIP painting en Plein Air at the Warbids Wings & Wheels Show

Work in process- painting en plein air in Paso Robles at the Warbids Wings & Wheels Show. Many great planes and classic cars were on display, I found a great angle to paint the rolling countryside of Paso Robles, California behind a British warplane. The weather was warm with a cool, constant wind that threatened to blow my canvas off the easel. I will post the final painting soon.

WIP work in progress painting of British war plane at Paso RoblesWarbids Wings & Wheels Show by Oscar Will willtopaint.com
A British warplane sits on display waiting to be added to my painting.