Subject Tags: fine art, fine art painting, california artist, california landscape, california impressionist, impressionist painting, impressionism, miniature oil, miniature painting, miniature art, small painting, small landscape canvas, small landscape painting, landscape painting, impressionist landscape, landscape, landscape plein air, plein air, plein air painting, colors of spring, springtime, spring colors, malibu painting, king gillette ranch
Size: 8"W x 6"H x 0.25"D
Year Created: 2017
The rain season of 2016 - 2017 was plentiful although not without mud and rock slides, power outages and road closures. Despite frequent rains the weather was great for paintings en plein air. After years of drought the nature was coming alive with every plant bursting with color. Santa Monica Mountains were getting greener and greener. In this painting I have captured the lush greenery of King Gillette Ranch. This was a demo piece from one of my workshops. This plein air study is painted on canvas stretched over a board. The artwork is sold unframed and therefore it is not ready to display.
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.