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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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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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My painting wins a ribbon!

I was pleasantly surprised that my entry in the BAA Spring Show won a ribbon for second place in the landscape division. The painting is “Brace Canyon – Yellow.” I originally was going to enter a painting of my cat, but the BAA just had a show called “Feathers and Whiskers” so I figured maybe they had seen enough cats. This painting to me was always a good example of when the palette knife works the best. I should do more…

a second prize ribbon hangs on a framed acrylic landscape painting by Oscar Will
Thank you to everyone at the Burbank Art Association who helped put on the show!