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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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‘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.
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Finished Playa Del Rey Painting

This is the finished painting (for now?) of the waves at Playa Del Rey beach in California. I’ve learned that when things aren’t turning out the way you want, trust the process and just paint what you see as shapes and colors.

Acrylic painting of a breaking wave at Playa Del Rey beach in California by Oscar Will
I watched a lot of waves just to catch one.
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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!
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Burbank Art Association Spring Show

From April 28 – May 12, 2018 the Burbank Art Association is having its Spring Show at the Geo Gallery in Glendale (1545 Victory Blvd.)
I am honored to have my painting “Brace Canyon -Yellow” on display (an competing for a ribbon ?) It looks so fancy with a frame around it, and available for the bargain price of $75! ??

Acrylic paint ER Oscar Will painting of trees named Brace Canyon- Yellow will be hanging at the Geo Gallery
The newly named “Brace Canyon- Yellow” will be in the Geo Gallery.
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Three Tips For Plein Air Painters

I’ve painted at least a hundred paintings outside in front of my subject (en plein air) from marshes to hillsides to sidewalks. Here are three tips I’d like to share:

1. Be prepared for any weather. I always carry a long-sleeved shirt in case it gets cold. I also carry two hats, one lighter to block the sun and the other is heavier with neck coverage.

2. Be prepared to improvise. I always carry a pocket knife for times I need to make a pallette from cardboard or cut a plastic bottle in half to use for paint water.

3. Bring a folding chair. The best places to paint don’t always have seating. Sometimes I’ll stand and put my supplies in the chair.

Painter Oscar Will painting en plein air at Greystone Manor
Painting at Greystone Manor. I use an old tackle box to hold my paints.