Monday, February 26, 2007

Laguna Beach Series

Laguna Beach Series




"Laguna City Lights"
18"x36"
oil on canvas

"Laguna Sunset I"
11"x14"
oil on canvas



"Laguna Sunset II"
11"x14"
oil on canvas

I love Laguna Beach!

Over the years, I have seen Laguna Beach in many different types of lighting. I finally decided to try to capture these famous scenes right at sunset. Not too many artists have tried to do this. To begin with, it's very difficult to photograph at this time of night. But I was up for the challenge. So, many artists have painted the scene looking down at the main beach during the daytime. So, I just had to try my hand at painting this scene at night.

I took my 30-year old Canon AE-1 camera and a tripod down to the area near Las Brisas restaurant, and waited for the right lighting. In the meantime, I took some photos of the sunset from the gazebo. Little did I know these would become paintings in the series.

I actually had to wait until 30 minutes after sunset to start taking pictures. I wanted to capture the lights from the town reflecting on the water. I took at least 10 pictures over the next 30 minutes or so.

Once I started working on the "Laguna City Lights" painting, it was a significant challenge to capture the scene on canvas. It seemed I was constantly needing to make it darker. So, I kept re-working various elements of the painting, until I was finally happy with it. My friends were tired of hearing me say it was done, and then changing my mind.

All-in-all, the painting took nine months to complete. It was a "labor of love," and I'm sure you'll agree that it was well worth it.

The Laguna Beach Series will be on exhibit at the John Wayne Airport April 4 - June 15, 2007.

- Michelle