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Plein Air Watercolor at St. Vincents

May 19, 2009

We were out out on Sunday with the newly coalescing North Bay Painters group. You can find some details on their site:

It had to be around 90 degrees yesterday. As I was drawing, my shady spot was swiftly shrinking – but the light on the buildings was improving :) I stuck around long enough to entirely overwork the right side of this sketch. S0 – here it is, cropped to the more interesting area :)

This is St. Vincent’s school for boys. Quite an impressive mission style complex – pretty much defining the term ‘nestled in the hills’ a few miles north of San Rafael. It really is a peaceful spot. Old grape arbors, tree lined lanes, and various interesting religious statuary placed among the rocks and trees.

The approach did not have a gate, and there was no sign for private property, so we went ahead and painted, with no complaints from anyone on site. Maybe check out the spot if you’re in the area.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. May 19, 2009 6:41 AM

    I had no idea there were such interesting buildings there. We live in San Rafael and it’s never occurred to me to visit there. I will, Love your work. I’m following you on twitter. I’m stoicmike

  2. May 19, 2009 9:02 AM

    amazing your work !


    Marco Moreira

  3. May 21, 2009 12:52 PM

    haha, don’t worry about the comment man. It’s good that someone does something else than just giving compliments. In fact you’re right, i think her face is good.. but her outfit makes no sense :) I should completely redo that body.

  4. May 22, 2009 8:07 AM


  5. May 26, 2009 4:54 AM

    Hey Marc, what kind of paper were you using for this? I have gotten back into wtaercolor and I am curious what you prefer to work on.


  6. July 2, 2009 11:29 AM

    this looks great. praying for good weather tomorrow – looking forward to ALamo Square.

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