Wednesday, June 14, 2006

La Jolla in June

La Jolla in June by David R. Darrow 7" x 5" (17.78cm x 12.7cm)
Oil on Begian Linen panel SOLD Collection of Jolie Elman
Glendora, CA – USA

About This Painting

La Jolla, CA.

Its name — pronounced 'la HOY-uh" — is a Spanish designation meaning "the Jewel." And it is absolutely gorgeous there, modeling some of the most beautiful, natural, rocky coastline in San Diego.

That is where Mick and I ended up, when trying to find something to paint for our day of plein air. The hardest part about painting this scene yesterday was deciding which other views to decline. Everything there was stunning.

Mick McGinty and I met and became friends at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA in 1977. We were both in the Illustration program there.

We have remained friends for the 29 years since then, and when he and his wife come to California to visit their grown kids, Mick and I try to get together to paint outdoors. Since he lives in Sioux City, South Dakota, I know he's going to want to paint at the ocean.

Not a problem for me!

Mick is an excellent painter, so for me there's just a little internal sense of competition when painting next to this guy.

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