September Plein Air Paintings

This pine tree caught my attention in the early afternoon while riding my bike on the Greenbelt trail in north Davis, CA. I decided to capture the light and tree as best I could.

This painting was completed on the side of a bike trail near the North Davis Farms. This scene was in the evening and I was losing light as I was finishing this and the geese made it quite a challenge to capture but it was fun painting living animals for the first time from life.

Plein Air – William Pond Park – Carmichael, CA

I find it funny that I went to a park named after and known for its pond and I didn’t paint any bit of it. Although it was a beautiful pond, I found other subjects that caught my eye a bit more. I do plan on returning to this location in the future especially since this is only a 30 minute drive from my house. A lot of space, bike trails and exploring to do – and different kinds of trees for me to paint.
schaeferart, brandon schaefer plein air william pond park
william pond park carmichael brandon schaefer oil painting

Plein Air – Locke, CA



This was a challenging location as it was mostly buildings, which put me out of my comfort zone. It also didn’t help that what I decided on painting was completely in shadow but I knew this and thought about it while setting up and decided to go for it anyway. Either way, it was a fun experience.

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