Jewel in the Park

11.00"W x 14.00"H x 0.8"D

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Dixie Galapon


Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: diego, san, museum, nocturne, sky, stars, architecture, doorway, cathedral, impressionist, expressionist, air, plein

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 11"W x 14"H x 0.75"D

Year Created: 2018

I had so much fun creating this painting! I was out the other night with some artist friends for a plein air paint-out at night. We chose Balboa Park in San Diego for our location because Balboa Park is celebrating its centennial in 2015. The park and all of its buildings have been beautifully restored to mark the occasion. This is an image of the San Diego Museum of Art. If you were to see this building in the evening, it is stunning with all of the architectural details and the spotlights on the front of the building.

I named this painting "Jewel in the Park" because this building reminds me of a sparkly jewel, and is one of the main buildings in the park. I really like how my vibrant colors and brushstroke simulate a jewel-like quality.

As most artists will admit, not every painting is a winner. On this particular evening, some of the museum security guards were puzzled as to why we were painting at night with limited light to help us see. But that is also the fun of painting at night under the skies. You never know what you're going to get. Luckily, I'm really happy with how the colors dance on the canvas for this one. Enjoy!

Most of us are captivated by beautiful imagery in our daily life: a vibrant sunset, a beautiful piece of architecture, a garden. And yet, with our busy lives, we don’t always have time to enjoy what we already have in our surroundings. I am an artist living in San Diego, painting for over 20 years. My daytime profession is in healthcare, but my artful spirit calls me to create on a regular basis. I began experimenting with oil paints as a young teen. In college I continued my endeavors with various media, and accomplished the equivalent of a Minor of Art in college. After college I pursued a graduate degree in psychology, yet still I continued painting. I have apprenticed under Tetrachromat Artist Concetta Antico in San Diego. Through her instruction, I became the oil painter and artist I am today. In spite of my day job in healthcare, I am regularly compelled to paint and share meaningful images with others in my own colorful and playful style.

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