Subject Tags: oil on canvas, classical painting, small oil landscape, small oil painting, original oil painting, fine art painting, miniature art, miniature paintings, small landscape, landscape painting, en plein air, plein air painting, impressionist landscape, california impressionist, california artist, mountainscape, california landscape, topanga
Size: 8"W x 6"H x 0.25"D
Year Created: 2017
My beloved Topanga State Park keeps me busy plein air painting all year. Located within city limits of Los Angeles Topanga State Park has a lot to offer to any artist, but especially en plein air painter. This rock formation doesn't have a name that I know of. My children call it tooth rock for its shape. I love hiking and painting here in the afternoons for the magic light and hazy atmosphere. This sandstone formation is set against the other side of the canyon and the distant ridges of the Santa Monica Mountains.
Born in Lithuania and raised in the Russian part of the Soviet Union I now reside on the outskirts of greater Los Angeles in the free-spirited Topanga Canyon, where I am able to quickly access the little known rural scenes in the Santa Monica Mountains, as well as famous and popular beaches and cliffs from Malibu to Santa Monica. By gracefully simplifying my brushwork and color I aim to convey the feeling of vastness of the California landscape. My floral watercolors are Botanical Plein Air, where I find the beauty in not only the flowers, but in the imperfections of withered leaves and stems. Each spring I hike on local trails to paint the diverse and delicate California's wild flowers. My fresh palette and brushstrokes are the result of the academic art training I received in Moscow, Russia and many years of painting en plein air in Southern California.