Sunday, May 20, 2012


Moss Landing, CA
14" x 20"

The SCVWS Thurday paintsites group went to Moss Landing this week, about an hour's drive south of my home on the coast a bit north of Monterey and Carmel.  We were a small group of seven diehards. Many members live farther north than I and find this too far for a day outing. Due to a commitment, I would be leaving after lunch at Phil's Fish, so Bob nicely agreed to come along. Moss Landing is a eclectic small town on a wonderful harbor filled with pleasure and work boats in front of a massive gas-fired power plant. The town has tiny unique galleries and shops. A plein air artist could spend a lifetime painting here.

We arrived to find Brad set up in the harbor parking lot sketching the power station on a windy, cool and overcast morning. Because the trip home would likely be 80 degrees (we have microclimates), I was prepared with layers. For a major jaunt like this, I take my Studio Pak filled with a field easel and all my supplies in hopes of creating a large piece. I set up next to Brad and two hours later had finished this piece. I like the various forms of energy -- wind, gasoline, and electric. Even the trees are important in consuming carbon dioxide.

Bob captured a photo of some of us painting from the warmth of the car. That's me at my field easel.

See the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society paintsites blog for other interpretations by the artists. 


CrimsonLeaves said...

Love those pops of color behind the smoke stacks, Mary. Somehow, I notice that behind such structures here, there is often a different color and even sometimes a glow! (Yes, I do find that scary!) You did a beautiful job and in only two hours? Amazing!

hmuxo said...

Nicely painted, Mary..looks like you had a wonderful time.

Mary Paquet said...

Sherry, I used my recollections a bit on the sky behind the smokestacks because the dull grey sky present at the moment and did not evoke the power theme. Later, one stack was emitting white smoke and I would have loved to include it, but the sky was done.

Hilda, thanks. We always have fun painting at the various locations chosen by our paint site leaders.

hw (hallie) farber said...

This is a stunning painting, Mary.