San Diego, My Painting Paradise

Knowing I’m an avid plein-air painter who travels around the world often, many people ask me where my favorite place to paint is. I could name spots in the Mediterranean region, Japan, California, etc… but that’s not an easy one to answer, in fact, because, to be honest, it is not really where or what to paint that I consider the most important when it comes to plein-air painting.

What grabs me, what inspires me, what excites me can be found anywhere and can happen any time. Then, if I take the time, or seize the moment, I will begin to establish an emotional connection to it, and then I decide whether or not I can execute a painting from a design point of view. This process, to me, is prerequisite to a meaningful plein-air painting experience. Where or what to paint doesn’t matter to me. I care more about how to paint what inspires me. Having said that, I must admit that I have a special affinity to San Diego, my current home. I am not exaggerating to say I live here to be able to paint outside due to the nice weather most of the year.

So I am extremely delighted and honored that I have eight plein-air watercolor landscape paintings of San Diego featured in the June issue of Watercolor Artist magazine. In this article, written by NY-based arts writers, I share anecdotes behind my paintings and my thoughts about plein air painting and watercolor techniques as well as some advice for beginners. The magazine will be on newsstands in April in the United States. It is already available online.

I’d like to thank Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of the magazine and Beth Williams, Senior Editor for giving me this honor, and John for working with me. Beth also shares some more of my plein-air paintings of San Diego on their blog artistsnetwork.

Coincidentally, I am happy to announce that my second book of 100 plein-air paintings of San Diego landscapes will be available later this month. I’ve been working on this book project for almost 2 years. Check back on my website for an update or contact me directly if you’re interested.