“Monterey Fish Company” by Murray Wagnon 16” x 20″ Oil I captured this image of the Monterey Fish Company building on the commercial pier in Monterey, while on a plein air outing with my friend Robert Lewis.

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“White Rose II” by Murray Wagnon 24” x 18″ Oil This Studio painting was done from a smaller 14×11 plein air painting I did for the Soberanes Fire Victims Relief plein air event organized by our friend Erin Lee Gafill in conjunction with Venture Gallery in Monterey. I did this studio painting as a Demonstration […]

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“Bougainvillea” by Murray Wagnon 16” x 20″ Oil On another plein air outing with my buddy Robert Lewis, I found this Bougainvillea growing alongside of the adobe wall near the Bocce Ball courts by the Custom House in “Old Monterey”.

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“The Bridge at Lake El Estero” by Murray Wagnon 11” x 14″ Oil As we were walking to the spot my friend Robert Lewis wanted to paint, I saw this. When we got to his spot, he said “I think I know what you are going to paint”. I guess we have been painting together […]

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“Costa Brava Trees, Carrer S’Antigua” by Murray Wagnon 18” x 24″ Oil The fifth painting for my “Costa Brava Series”. The image is of a road to Aiguafreda, near the Villa we were staying at in Begur, Spain.

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“White Rose – Old Monterey” by Murray Wagnon 14” x 11″ Oil Our friend Erin Lee Gafill, in conjunction with Venture Gallery in Monterey put together a plein air event to benefit the victims of the terrible Soberanes Fire in Big Sur. This was my effort for the day. It is a white rose bush […]

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“Pals III” by Murray Wagnon 18 x 24″ Oil The fourth image from my “Costa Brava Series”. Another view of the Medieval village of Pals, on the Costa Brava, in Spain.

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“Trawler, Monterey” by Murray Wagnon 11” x 14″ Oil A quick study of a fishing trawler, capture during a plein air outing with my friend Robert Lewis.

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“Pacific Grove Marine Gardens Park” by Murray Wagnon 11” x 14″ Oil My friends Sibyl Johnson, Cindy Wilbur & I found this spot along the coast in Pacific Grove for a rather chilly and windy afternoon of painting en plein aire.

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“The Old Whaling Station – Monterey” by Murray Wagnon 14” x 11″ Oil My buddy Robert Lewis & I settled on this view of the Old Whaling Station in “Old Monterey”. A good choice, I think.

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“Office Casita, Old Monterey” by Murray Wagnon 11” x 14″ Oil I was painting with my friends Sibyl Johnson and Cindy Wilbur, and we chose this little building behind the Pacific House in “Old Monterey”.

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“The Bridge at Garland Ranch” by Murray Wagnon 11” x 14″ Oil MBPAPA had a paint-out at Garland Ranch in Carmel Valley, on a very hot summer day. I found a shady spot along the river, near the bridge.

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“The Customhouse – Southwest Corner” by Murray Wagnon 14” x 11″ Oil My buddy Robert Lewis & I were painting at the Custom House again. You would think we could get it right, and move on to something else, but, no, it never gets old.

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“Auvers Sur Oise” by Murray Wagnon 18″ x 24″ Oil The third entry in my “Costa Brava Series”. This is actually a street scene in Auvers Sur Oise, north of Paris, but stylistically it belongs in that ‘series’.

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“Afternoon Shadows at the Customhouse” by Murray Wagnon 11” x 14″ Oil A view of the Custom House in Monterey, as the fog was breaking, and the shadows were beginning to show up.

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“Hidden Beach III” by Murray Wagnon 11” x 14″ Oil My third painting at Hidden Beach at Point Lobos. As I was painting this, a Sea Lion came in to bask in the sun on the sand a few yards from where I was standing. We kept a watchful eye on each other, and as […]

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“Rain Clouds Above Carmel Valley” by Murray Wagnon 11” x 14″ Oil I had been asked again to Judge the “Paint the Village” plein air event at the Quail & Olive, in Carmel Valley Village. The weather was very stormy, but I took advantage of a break in the rain to capture this image of […]

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“My Front Porch” by Murray Wagnon 14” x 11″ Oil The view towards Jack’s Peak, from my front door in Seaside, California.

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“Hidden Beach II” by Murray Wagnon 11” x 14″ Oil Another image from ‘Hidden Beach’ at Point Lobos. I am thinking there will be more paintings by me of this little cove.

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“Sundial – The Pacific House, Old Monterey” by Murray Wagnon 14” x 11″ Oil My ‘Plein Air Pal’ Robert Lewis and I were wandering around “Old Monterey” looking for plein air subject matter. We came upon this view of the building on the south end of the old Pacific House, and I had to try […]

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“The Costa Brava, Pals II” by Murray Wagnon 18” x 24″ Oil Painting number two of “the Costa Brava Series”. This view of the medieval village of Pals, on the Costa Brava, in Spain was based on preliminary sketches and photos done in 2007.

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“The Costa Brava” by Murray Wagnon 18” x 24″ Oil This painting, based on some preliminary sketches done in the medieval village of Pals, Spain, has become the ‘flagship’ of a series of paintings I call “the Costa Brava Series”.

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“Footbridge at Hakone Gardens” by Murray Wagnon 36″ x 24″ Oil This studio painting is an enlarged version of a plein air painting I had done a few years ago, of the footbridge at Hakone Gardens, in Saratoga, California. I was painting with my friend Sibyl Johnson during the Los Gatos Plein Air event.

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“Storm Clouds on Jack’s Peak – El Niño“ by Murray Wagnon 11” x 14″ Oil We were being battered by rainstorms here on the coast, but during a lull, I could see from my kitchen window, the next storm, shrouding the forest on Jack’s Peak. I had to try to capture the effect, so I […]

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“The Studio – Seaside” by Murray Wagnon 11″ x 14″ Oil This is the view, from the lower yard, of my new Studio in Seaside California.

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“Hidden Beach” by Murray Wagnon 11″ x 14″ Oil I was painting with my friends from MBPAPA at China Cove on Point Lobos. I had painted China Cove many times, so I went looking for something different. I found this little beach and decided to give it a try.

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“The Painted Ladies of Moss Landing” by Murray Wagnon 11” x 14″ Oil While ‘painting-out’ with friends from MBPAPA, I couldn’t resist this view of the colorful houses along the mirrored waters of the lagoon.

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“The Customhouse, Fall” by Murray Wagnon 11″ x 14″ Oil I painted this view of the Custom House in Monterey for the MBPAPA Signature Members Exhibit “Fall Colors of the Central Coast” at the Sunset Center, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Ca.

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“Yucca Blossoms at the Customhouse” by Murray Wagnon 14″ x 11″ Oil I captured these blossoming Yucca Trees at the garden of the Custom House in Monterey.

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“The Caves at Pfeiffer Beach” by Murray Wagnon 11” x 14″ Oil I painted this along with several friends in the Big Sur Plein Air Competition-2015, through Studio One, Big Sur, Ca.

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“The Customhouse, Summer” by Murray Wagnon 11” x 14″ Oil I painted this image of the Custom House in Monterey with a large group of plein air painters from the Plein Air Convention. Everybody else was painting the harbor and Fisherman’s Wharf, but I opted for this view of the Custom House. I can’t resist […]

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“The Customhouse Plaza” by Murray Wagnon 16″ x 20″ Oil A view of the Custom House from the plaza in “Old Monterey” on a warm summer day.

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“The Pacific House Arcade” by Murray Wagnon 14″ x 11″ Oil

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“China Cove, Point Lobos” by Murray Wagnon 11” x 14″ Oil Painting with fellow MBPAPA members a few days after painting the surf at Carmel River Beach

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“Surf and Point Lobos” by Murray Wagnon 6″x28″ Oil The huge, booming waves at Carmel River Beach were washing up over the top of the sand bar, as I was painting this image of Point Lobos. A beautiful day after a week of pouring rain as several MBPAPA painters met in the morning for a […]

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“The Cooper-Moliera Adobe” by Murray Wagnon 11″ X 14″ This painting of the Cooper-Moliera Adobe was awarded the “Best Adobe” Prize at the 2014 “Artists in the Adobes” event sponsored by the Old Monterey Foundation

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“Bivouac at the Presidio” by Murray Wagnon 11″ X 14″ Oil I painted this in a Civil War re-enactment encampment on the grounds of the Presideo Museum, during the 2014 “Artists in the Adobes” event sponsored by the Old Monterey Foundation.

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“Window, Founder’s Day, Mission Carmel” by Murray Wagnon 11×14 Oil For the past several years, the Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association has been invited to paint on the mission grounds during their annual “Founder’s Day Celebration”. “Founder’s Day” at the mission is a grand celebration in the tradition of the Bar-B-Que’s reminiscent of the […]

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“Mission San Jose” by Murray Wagnon 20″ x 16″ Oil A View of Mission San Jose as seen from the cemetery wall

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“The Coastline – Monterey Bay” by Murray Wagnon 11″ x 14″ Oil A view from the dunes of the Monterey Bay Coastline

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“Lulu’s, on the Wharf – Monterey” by Murray Wagnon 11″x14″ Oil I painted this popular establishment on the “Commercial Pier” in Monterey one day, with several other members of the Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association

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“The Elm Road Bridge, Arroyo Seco” by Murray Wagnon 14″ x 11″ Oil After dropping off our paintings for the Natividad Foundation’s “California History, The Mission Trail” show in Salinas, a couple of my MBPAPA friends an I , Steve Maher & Sibyl Johnson, drove down to Greenfield, to explore along the Arroyo Seco road […]

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  “Millhouse on the Thames” by Murray Wagnon 18″ x 24″ Oil This image is of the Mapledurham Watermill on the River Thames in Oxfordshire  

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“Gayle’s Yard, Auberry” by Murray Wagnon 11″X14″ Oil This painting along the banks of the creek in my Sister’s backyard in Auberry, Calfornia, has appeared in a few on-line publications, due to the “Old School Easel” I had to build after leaving my tripod at home.    

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“The Sand Bar at Carmel River Beach” by Murray Wagnon 11″ x 14″ Oil After painting the Carmel River Lagoon with my friend Sibyl Johnson in the morning, I moved along the trail to this view of the sandbar that blocks the mouth of the Carmel River. The waves were about 15′, and the runoff […]

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“Morning Along the Carmel River” by Murray Wagnon 11″ x14X” Oil My friend, Sibyl Johnson, asked me if I wanted to join her in painting landscapes for the “Carmel River Watershed Project”. This view, looking over the river into the Carmel Valley, was painted from the high embankment below the “Portola-Crespi Cross” monument overlooking the […]

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“The Customhouse, Monterey” by Murray Wagnon 11″ x14X” Oil After painting the old Theater in the morning, the fog cleared, presenting us with a beautiful day. I retreated to a shade tree, and painted the hot sunlight reflecting off of the white adobe walls of the Customhouse. This was one of the paintings included in […]

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“Jack Swan’s Theater, Old Monterey” by Murray Wagnon 11″ x 14″ Oil My friend Sibyl Johnson was painting in the “Art in the Adobes” event in Monterey, and asked me to join her in painting some of the old historic buildings from the Spanish & Mexican periods of Monterey’s history. The oldest theater in California […]

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“Moonlight, San Juan Bautista” by Murray Wagnon 11″ x 14″ Oil Tonight, I did something, as an artist, that I have never done before, and I learned an important lesson pursuant to that endeavor. I painted a Nocturne. Nocturne is the term for a plein air painting done at night. Kenn Backhaus, in a workshop […]

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“From the Shade Trees” by Murray Wagnon 11″ x 14″ Oil I painted this scene of the Mission from the picnic tables under some shade trees, still recuperating from standing in the sun all morning painting the old Pepper tree.

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“Old Pepper Tree & Adobe Wall” by Murray Wagnon 11″x 14″ Oil My second painting for the “Paint San Juan Bautista III” event brought into play the old “Mad dogs & Englishmen” saying, because the day was very hot, and I was being very English, standing in the street, painting this old Pepper tree. This […]

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“The Arch at Mission San Juan Bautista” by Murray Wagnon 11″ x 14″ Oil This was my first painting for the “Paint San Juan Bautista III” Event. As I was finishing, the groundskeeper came and cut off all of the branches in the foreground, which were giving me shade. Timing is everything.

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“The Footbridge at Wildwood Park” by Murray Wagnon 18″x24″ Oil This is my second plein air painting of this scene. The first was 12″x16″. I painted this one during a paint-out in Saratoga Ca., with the LGAA Plein Air Group. 

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“Old Pepper -San Juan Bautista-” by Murray Wagnon 11″ x 14″ Oil In preparation for this years “Paint San Juan Bautista” event, I joined some of my fellow MBPAPA artists to do some “warm-up” paintings in the old Mission town. I have always loved this old Pepper tree by the Castro-Breen House and grounds. Old […]

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“Reflections” by Murray Wagnon 20″ x 16″ Oil I was painting with friends, but I decided, rather than paint the boats, I would paint a study of the reflections of the boats on the rippling water.

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“Footbridge at MArkham Ranch” by Murray Wagnon 14″ x 11″ Oil This plein air painting was done at Markham Ranch, in the Corral de Tierra valley near Salinas. This little valley was a favorite spot for John Steinbeck and his sister to ride their horses when they were growing up in Salinas.

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“Footbridge at Markham Ranch” by Murray Wagnon 11″ x 14″ Medium This plein air painting was done at Markham Ranch, in the Corral de Tierra valley near Salinas. This little valley was a favorite spot for John Steinbeck and his sister to ride their horses when they were growing up in Salinas.

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“The Bridge at Markham Ranch” by Murray Wagnon 16″ x 20″ Oil I did this plein air painting at Markham Ranch, in the Corral de Tierra valley near Salinas. This little valley was a favorite spot for John Steinbeck and his sister to ride their horses when they were growing up in Salinas.

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“Breakfast at Asnieres” by Murray Wagnon 11″ x 14″ Oil Somehow, for the last two years, as the anniversary of Van Gogh’s death approaches, I come up with a painting that pays homage to him. this is not something I plan, it just happens. This little studio painting originated from a black & white photograph […]

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“8th Street, Pacific Grove” by Murray Wagnon 11″ x 14″ Oil It is difficult to imagine being in Pacific Grove, and not have a great motif present itself. Or several great Motifs, for that matter. So many images . . . so little time!

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“Village Scene” by Murray Wagnon 6″ x 18″ Oil In my studies, I came upon a pencil drawing done by Cezanne, as an “underdrawing” for a watercolor. Since he never got around to doing the actual painting, I though I would. I made a sketch based on his sketch, and added some “Cezanne-esque” color.

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“The Pigeon Tower” by Murray Wagnon 18″ x 24″ Oil This studio painting was based on an old black & white photograph from the 1930’s of the motif Cezanne and Renoir painted together near the Bellvue home of Cezanne’s sister. The building on the right didn’t exist when they did their paintings. Consider it an […]

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“Oasis” by Murray Wagnon 14″ x 24″ Oil This Studio painting was based on one of my photographs from Paris. It is a bit of a departure from my standard fare, introducing figures int the landscape, but I do it from time-to-time, and am usually pleased with the results.

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“An Old Barn in San Benito County” by Murray Wagnon 8″ x 24″ Oil If you go back through this archive, you will see that this isn’t the first time I’ve painted this old barn in San Juan Bautista. I hope it won’t be the last, but by the way it looks, the next time […]

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“The Terrace Wall” by Murray Wagnon 18″ x 24″ Oil This 18×24 studio painting started life as an interpretation from a pencil sketch of a village scene by Camille Pissaro. As the image began to develop however, it decided to become a morning scene from a terrace overlooking the bay. Sometimes you’ve just got to […]

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“Ranch Outbuildings, Santa Teresa” by Murray Wagnon 12″ x 24″ Oil I enjoyed my painting “French Wheat”, so I decided to lend that interpretation to the ranch outbuildings on the hill behind my house.

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“Salinas Valley Lupine” by Murray Wagnon 12″ x 24″ Oil A bunch of friends from MBPAPA (Monterey Bay Plein Air Painter Association) were meeting along Highway 68 to paint the blooming Lupine. This was my interpretation of the rolling hills between Salinas and Monterey, under a heavy veil of Salinas Valley Lupine.

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“French Wheat” by Murray Wagnon 12″x32″ Oil From time to time I browse my old sketch books for possible painting subjects. That is how this painting of an old stone farm in France came into being.

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“A Ranch in San Gregorio” by Murray Wagnon 11″X14″ Oil My friend and fellow plein air painter, Julia Munger Seelos called to ask if I wanted to join her on an excursion on the San Fransisco Penninsula. Well, Heck yes! So we headed out to the Coast at San Gregorio. She was drawn to the […]

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“Early Snow on the Merced River” by Murray Wagnon 32″X24″ Oil I was staying with a friend in Groveland, California, and on the way home I decided to go through Yosemite and do a painting. As I was doing a 12×9 plein air painting of Half Dome, it began to snow, which was fine with […]

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“The Road to L’Estaque” by Murray Wagnon 18″X24″ OilThis painting was based on two paintings I did in the ’70’s, and some recent photographs of the motif.    

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“The Loft” by Murray Wagnon 36″X24″ Oil I painted this on Christmas Day. I was looking through an old sketch book, and found a drawing I had done, based on a Brassai photograph of the interior of Picasso’s studio in Montmartre.

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“La Forêt-New Almaden“ by Murray Wagnon 12″ x 18″ Oil I’ve been driving by this spot in New Almaden, waiting for the leaves to fall off the trees in the foreground, so I could see “La Forêt Restaurant”. Went by the other day, but still too many leaves, and WAY too cold!. . . (couldn’t […]

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“Grand Canyon Sunset” by Murray Wagnon 24″ x 18″ Oil This is a studio painting based on a drawing, and some photos I did there, with two of my Sons, in 2005. They had no interest in driving to Arizona to see a big hole in the ground, but when they saw it, their attitudes […]

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“Harvey Bear Ranch” by Murray Wagnon 18″ x 24″ Oil It was a cold, stormy day, when the MBPAPA  group painted at the Harvey Bear Ranch in San Martin. The temperature was dropping when I finished painting, and the rain began soon afterward. I have loved old barns ever since living next to one as […]

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“Like Tears, in Rain. . .“ by Murray Wagnon 14″ x 12″ Oil I found my Weeping Cherry Tree one morning, shrouded in a driving rain. I painted this from the shelter of my porch. You should see this tree in the Spring. I’ll have to do another painting of it from this angle when […]

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“Returning to Port“ by Murray Wagnon 10″ x 4″ Oil And a very good port it was. . .

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“Three Fruits“ by Murray Wagnon 4″ x 10″ Oil A Pear, and an Apple, keeping company with a very Nectarine-ish looking Peach. . .hey, I paints ’em as I sees ’em!

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“The Flagon with the Dragon“ by Murray Wagnon 7″ x 5″ Oil While this does appear to be strictly monochromatic, I can promise you that I did use an abundance of colors to make these pewter greys. Want to make sure we get our money’s worth you know. . . I’ve always loved the sketch […]

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“The Cobalt Coffee Jar“ by Murray Wagnon 7″ x 5″ I really like this little painting. Another Goodwill find. . .poverty being the mother. . .in this case.

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“Silver Bowl with Fruit“ by Murray Wagnon 8″ x 10″ Oil This painting has been reworked since this picture was taken. . .I promise to upload a new photo as soon as I get the painting back from the gallery. It is much improved, trust me. . .bad grapes. . .

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“Fruit Bowl with Blue Stripe“ by Murray Wagnon 4″ x 10″ Oil Another rainy day exercise.

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“The Ginger Jar“ by Murray Wagnon 10″ x 8″ Oil I enjoy this ceramic jar. I’ve used it before in a still life. As with most of my still life “props”, I bought it for a couple of dollars at the Goodwill Store.

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“Grapes and Peaches in a Brass Bowl“ by Murray Wagnon 5″ x 7″ Oil Another mini still life from a rainy day. I find that the practice of painting plein air landscapes, because of the speed at which you must work as the light shifts, lends to freer brush strokes in these miniature still life’s.

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“Oranges in Brass Bowl“ by Murray Wagnon 4″ x 10″ Oil Since I had some frames left over from a Miniature Plein Air Landscape show,I painted some 4×10, and 5×7 miniature Still Life’s. It was pouring outside, and I had the urge to paint some quick studies.

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“The Frosted Raspberry Egg Cup“ by Murray Wagnon 7″x5″ Oil During a prolonged rainstorm, I decided to set up for some miniature Still Life’s. This one is of a small Raspberry colored frosted glass egg cup I had in my studio cupboard.

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“Bridge Over the Old Spring” by Murray Wagnon 12″ x 18″ Oil There is an old spring that still bubbles up in the creek above New Almaden. In the 1960’s, a new bridge was build directly above the old, fallen down shack that once protected the spring. This scene is in the little park between […]

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“Le Petit Chateau“ by Murray Wagnon 18″ x 24″ Oil This was done on a paint-out at the Chateau Julien Vineyards in Carmel Valley, with the Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association

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“Erin’s Point Lobos“ by Murray Wagnon 18″ x 64″ Oil I painted this for my client, based on some of my earlier plein air paintings of the coves at Point Lobos

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“Las Canastas Rojas” by Murray Wagnon 18″ x 24″ Oil This is the third painting I did for the Natividad Foundation’s “Field to Fork” Exhibition in Salinas. It was based on a field study, the 8″x32″ “Salinas River Artichokes” painting, and some digital images I took as the workers were approaching my easel. As they […]

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“A Farm in San Ardo” by Murray Wagnon 12″ x 18″ Oil This farm scene was painted as part of the Natividad Foundation’s “Field to Fork” Exhibition in Salinas, California. The Foundation had arranged for small groups of painters to visit the farms of their Patrons. When we arrived at the farm, it was totally […]

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“Reach for the Sky” by Murray Wagnon 14″ x 12″ Oil This was the third painting I had in the San Juan Bautista Plein Air Event Exhibition. The sky was in turmoil on the last day of the event. The weather was cold and blustery, and rain was moving in. I had decided to “pack […]

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“El Portal” by Murray Wagnon 16″ x 20″ Oil This is one of the three paintings I did that was in the exhibition at Galleria Tonantzin, for the second San Juan Bautista Plein Air Event. The subject is the cemetery gate, which stands on the edge of the San Andreas Fault escarpment, with the farmland […]

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“El Camino Real” by Murray Wagnon 16″ x 20″ Oil This painting was done “en plein aire” at the second annual San Juan Bautista plein air event. It was one of three paintings I did that week that were in the exhibition at Galleria Tonantzin in San Juan Bautista. This view of the mission is […]

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“Morning – Moss Landing” by Murray Wagnon 24″ x 18″ Oil The morning mist was heavy, almost a drizzle, when I stopped to paint this scene of the marina in Moss Landing.

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“Le Château de Médan“ by Murray Wagnon 18″ x 24″ Oil This Château in Médan, France has been seen, from different directions, in three paintings , and several drawings, done by Paul Cézanne, while visiting his friend Émile Zola, at his home nearby, in Médan, on the Seine, west of Paris. I have painted it […]

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“The Quarry Vineyard” by Murray Wagnon 12″ x 14″ Oil This Quarry, Hidden in the hills above Los Altos, Has intrigued me since I first saw it. Nestled in a small canyon near Magdalena Rd., it was only accessible by foot for many years. Today, it is surrounded by McMansions, with  vineyards above it, and […]

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“Salinas River Artichokes” by Murray Wagnon 8″ x 32″ Oil Painted on Farmland in the Salinas River Valley with MBPAPA in conjunction with Natividad Foundation, in preparation for their “Field to Fork” Exhibition.

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“The Quarry” by Murray Wagnon 24″ x 18″ Oil The setting of this painting was an erosion gulch, in the alluvial soils of the Santa Lucia range along the Arroyo Seco Road in the Salinas Valley, west of Greenfield. The title is a reflection of it’s similarity to the images of the Bibemus Quarry painted […]

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“Hommage à Vincent“ by Murray Wagnon 18″ x 24″ Oil This is the view of the room, in Auvers-sur-Oise, where Vincent Van Gogh died on the 29th of July, 1890.

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“The Staircase at Mission Carmel” by Murray Wagnon 20″ x 16″ Oil Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association were invited to be part of the “Founder’s Day” celebration at the Carmel Mission. It was a gorgeous day, with a picturesque historic festival, complete with dancers in period costume, and an old fashioned bar-b-que, which really […]

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“Cypress Cove” by Murray Wagnon 48″ x 32″ Oil This is one of the paintings I did as an entry for the “Jewel of the Central Coast” exhibit at the Carmel Art Institute. The painting was based on a smaller plein air painting I had done, along with some color pastel sketches of the rocks […]

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“China Cove” by Murray Wagnon 9″ x 12″ Oil China Cove, at Point Lobos had been closed for several months for the construction of new trails, and rest rooms, so I was pleased, one day, to get a call from Sibyl Johnson, asking if I would be interested in driving down to paint at China […]

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“Hakone Gardens” by Murray Wagnon 16″ x 12″ Oil My friend Sibyl Johnson was entered in the “Plein Air Los Gatos” event, and I joined up with her to paint on the first day. We met up at “The Cats” in the morning, to paint the cats, of course. In the afternoon, I took her […]

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“Morning Fog at North Point” by Murray Wagnon 20″ x 16″ Oil These stone steps, at North Point in the Point Lobos State Preserve, have always brought to my mind the tales of Robert Lewis Stevenson. One morning, as I was making my way to Cypress Cove, I found the area shrouded in a dense […]

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“Santa Maria della Salute” by Murray Wagnon 16″ x 16″ OilFrom time to time, in a search for inspiration, I delve into my file of images from Europe.This was an image that had been on my mind for some time. It is closely in line with paintings of Sacre Coeur that I did from photos […]

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“Cypress Cove, Point Lobos” by Murray Wagnon 32″ x16″ Oil This was the second of three paintings of this scene. This painting was begun “on site” at the point near Pinacle Cove, looking past Big Dome toward the Carmel Valley in the distance. It was finished with a couple hours’ work in the studio.

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“Carmel valley, from Cypress Cove” by Murray Wagnon 32″ x 8″ Oil This plein air painting was done for the MBPAPA Signature Exhibition at the Carmel Art Institute, in association with the Point Lobos State Preserve Foundation. This painting served as a preliminary sketch for two larger works, one which was started “on site” on […]

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“Whaler’s Cove, Point Lobos” by Murray Wagnon 32″ x 16″ Oil I painted this scene of the Whaling Station at Point Lobos in two “rainy day” sessions, a couple of days apart, finishing it up with a couple of hours in the studio. It was done in conjunction with the Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters […]

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“On the Beach at Santa Cruz” by Murray Wagnon 14″ x 12″ Oil I have always enjoyed this festive Art Deco building. This is not the first time it has showed up in one of my paintings. The Coconut Grove Ballroom was one of the major Big Band Hot Spots on the west Coast, hosting […]

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“The Carmel River Mouth” by Murray Wagnon 20″ x 16″ Oil This should be titled “Mis-management”. I painted this at a Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association paint-out and Workshop with Jeff Smith. As he was painting the Lagoon, I did this painting from the top of a 15 foot dune. (I painted the Lagoon […]

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“Corral de Tierra” by Murray Wagnon 16″ x 16″ Oil The Corral de Tierra, literally the fence of earth, is a sandstone outcropping in a canyon between Salinas and Monterey, along Highway 68. When John Steinbeck was young, he and his sister rode their horses to this spot, where he later set part of his […]

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“Catch The Wind” by Murray Wagnon 18″ x 12″ Oil A small sailboat race near the coast at New Brighton

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“Point Pinos Lighthouse” by Murray Wagnon 18″ x 12″ Oil This view of the Lighthouse at Point Pinos is from the dunes across Sunset Drive.

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“Old Fruit Trees, San Juan Bautista” by Murray Wagnon 9″ x 12″ Oil I painted this view through the trees toward the Mission one morning with the group from the Los Gatos Art Association. It was late in the Fall, and there were just a few clusters of leaves still left on the trees.

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“Fort Ord Dunes” by Murray Wagnon 14″ x 12″ Oil The dunes and cliffs at the site of the old Officer’s Club at Fort Ord have been turned into a state park. I painted this one morning with a group from MBPAPA. This scene is from the observation point, looking north toward Moss Landing.

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“The Bridge at Le Foret” by Murray Wagnon 16″ x 16″ Oil I was painting at the Almaden Quicksilver Mines, with a group of Plein Air Painters from the Los Gatos Art Association.  This scene, across the street caught my eye. It was Fall, and most of the leaves had fallen, presenting a view past […]

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“La Cabana Atras de la Mission” by Murray Wagnon 14″ x 12″ Oil The rain began to fall rather heavily as I was trying to finish this painting, so I took shelter and painted “El Portal” while waiting for the rain to abate.

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“El Portal” by Murray Wagnon 14″ x 12″ Oil I was painting the Cabana in the Quadrangle behind the Carmel Mission, when it began to rain. I took shelter in the arcade, and did this painting.

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“The Bridge” by Murray Wagnon 32″ x 20″ Oil The old drawbridge at Belvedere in Tiburon.

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“On the beach at Carmel-by-the-sea” by Murray Wagnon 18″ x 12″ Oil My friend Sibyl Johnson and I spent the morning here, on the beach at the foot of Ocean Avenue in Carmel. It was one of those days with an almost timeless quality.

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“Ocean View at 9th Street, Pacific Grove” by Murray Wagnon 24″ x 12″ Oil Pacific Grove has a Coastal pathway that runs along the coast from the harbor in Monterey, to the beach at Asilomar. There is not an inch along this path that doesn’t offer a spectacular view, and an immense variety of coastal […]

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“R.L.Stevenson House, Monterey” by Murray Wagnon 16″ x 16″ Oil Due to the flagging economy, the Park Management has been forced to close many of the historic buildings in Monterey. The gardens however, which fall under a different management category, are open to the public. This painting is an amalgamation of an ‘on scene’ image, […]

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“Almaden Valley, Fall” by Murray Wagnon 16″ x 16″ Oil I joined up with some painters from the Los Gatos Art Association one day. They had chosen this site which was only a mile or so from my house. This group of trees were in the Los Alamitos Creek, about seventy five yards from McKean […]

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“Moss Landing Power” by Murray Wagnon 16″ x 16″ Oil I was painting with MBPAPA at Moss Landing. When I got there, I wanted to do this painting, but opted for a view of the boats in the harbor. . .it was OK. . .but I scrubbed it off, and did this painting of the […]

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“The Silo Barn, Hollister” by Murray Wagnon 16″ x 16″ Oil My eye was captured by this structure as I was driving up to paint at the “Pietra Santa Winery” in the hills south of Hollister. It went to the top of my mental list of “things I have to paint”. I went back a […]

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“Elkhorn Slough” by Murray Wagnon 24″ x 10″ Oil I had about an hour or so one morning, before the MBPAPA Board meeting, and managed to get this view of Elkhorn Slough, looking in a northwesterly direction.

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“Half Dome” by Murray Wagnon 9″ x 12″ Oil I have always loved this classic view of Half Dome from the Sentinel  drive bridge, reflected in the Merced River. It began to snow again, as I was capturing this image, and, having no chains, I had to retreat from the valley or be stranded. . […]

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“Odd Fellows, Big Oak Flat” by Murray Wagnon 10″ x 8″ Oil Typical of most Gold Rush era mining camps, Big Oak Flat closes tightly around route 120 as it winds it’s way up to the Yosemite Valley. As you enter Big Oak Flat, The left shoulder of the Highway is crowded by some typical […]

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“Monitor Pass” by Murray Wagnon 24” x 12″ Oil As I was driving up through the canyon into Monitor Pass, I was entranced by the ‘splash of color’ amongst the darker trees and rocks across the creek from the road.

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“Forrest and Lighthouse” by Murray Wagnon 20” x 16″ Oil This is a rainy day view of Pacific Grove as seen from the front of Robert Lewis’ Le Beau Soleil gallery where I was showing my work. I was fascinated by the urban scene, with the sun trying to break through the clouds, and the […]

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“Rain in Castroville”” by Murray Wagnon 18” x 14″ OilA view of the main street of Castroville in the rain. I was on my way to Moss Landing, driving through Castroville, “The Artichoke Capitol of the World”. This painting was awarded an Honorable Mention at the “Impressions of the Central Coast” Comerica/Natividad Foundation show in […]

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“Spanish Bay” by Murray Wagnon 18” x 10″ Oil I had about an hour and a half before the MBPAPA board meeting. so I pulled over by the tide pools at Asilomar, and did this painting looking over towards Spanish Bay.

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“Bottom’s Up”” by Murray Wagnon 18” x 14″ Oil This scene is reminiscent of my childhood living in San Luis Obispo. I was visiting my cousin and her husband at their house on Chorro Street during the San Luis Obispo Plein Air Event. I lived in San Luis Obispo as a child, and again as […]

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“A Cottage in Medan” by Murray Wagnon 12” x 10″ Oil This cottage is across the street from the Chateau in Medan, near the former home of Emile Zola.

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“Fisherman’s Wharf Cove”” by Murray Wagnon 30” x 12″ Oil This painting of the cove behind Fisherman’s Wharf was done as part of the “Art of the Adobes” event held at the Custom House Plaza, and on the main pier.

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“Lover’s Point” by Murray Wagnon 30” x 12″ Oil I met up with some friends from MBPAPA at Lover’s Point in Pacific Grove. We had the typical Summer atmospherics of morning coastal fog. This view is from the rocks looking toward the Hopkins Research Facility at China Point.

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“Mormon Station, Genoa Nevada”” by Murray Wagnon 12” x 9″ Oil While I was staying at my brother’s house in Glenbrook, they dropped me off in Genoa while they went for a bike ride. I spent two more days painting in this old mining town, the oldest settlement in the Utah Territory.

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“Jack’s Peak IV” by Murray Wagnon 24” x 30″ Oil I did this painting as a demonstration for the Saratoga Contemporary Artists group. It was done from a plein air painting I had done along the slopes of Jack’s Peak on a rainy day. The demonstration was titled,  “How to keep the Spontaneity of a […]

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“Jack’s Peak III” by Murray Wagnon 24” x 18″ Oil This is an enlargement of a plein air painting I had done on a rainy day along the slopes of Jack’s Peak, in Monterey.

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“Cypress at Lover’s Point” by Murray Wagnon 9″ x 12″ Oil This was the second painting I did one morning while painting with some friends at Lover’s Point in Pacific Grove. The other painting, “Springtime, Pacific Grove” depicted the Magenta blossoms of the Ice plant along Ocean View Drive.

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“Coastal Forest, Morning Fog” by Murray Wagnon 80” x 30″ Oil I painted this from a color sketch I did one morning on my way to the gallery in Pacific Grove. The trees were just beginning to break through the morning fog hanging on the slopes above the 17 Mile Drive.

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“Cherries” by Murray Wagnon 20” x 16″ Oil This fruit stand along Highway 152 in Gilroy Made a delightful, cheery scene as you head toward Pacheco Pass on the way to the Central Valley.

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“The Southern Pacific Line” by Murray Wagnon 15″ x 15″ Oil This old grain loader is along the Southern Pacific Tracks between Gilroy and San Juan Bautista.

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“Time Out” by Murray Wagnon 11″ x 14″ Oil The boat yard at the Coast Guard Pier in Monterey.

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“Eucalyptus Grove, Toro Park” by Murray Wagnon 9″ x 12″ Oil Toro Park is on Highway 68 between Salinas and Monterey.

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“Barn on the Wattsonville Road”” by Murray Wagnon 9″ x 12″ Oil This great old barn is on the road from San Juan to Watsonville. The day after I painted it one of the Pepper Trees was chopped down. I’ve learned that , with old barns, if you want to do a painting of one, […]

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“Reflections, Gallery Saratoga “ by Murray Wagnon 7″ x 24″ Oil This painting is on Masonite, with Mat board glued on in relief

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“The Livery Stables”” by Murray Wagnon 9″ x 12″ Oil This is the alley behind the Livery Stables in San Juan, as seen from the park across the street with rose bushes espalierd on the picket fence

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“The Mission Bell” by Murray Wagnon 9″ x 12″ Oil The entrance to the Mission at San Juan Bautista

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“El Camino Real, San Juan Bautista” by Murray Wagnon 9″ x 12″ Oil This view is from the old Spanish  El Camino Real, which runs along the San Andreas Fault Escarpment next to the Mission. This painting was in the Galeria Tonantzin show leading up to the “MBPAPA Paints San Juan Bautista” plein air event […]

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“Reception at Rappa’s, Fisherman’s Wharf” by Murray Wagnon 9″ x 12″ Oil

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“Blue Heron Drive” by Murray Wagnon 169″ x 20″ Oil This country dirt road is the way to my Sister’s house in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains

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“Thumb Rock on Little Sandy Creek” by Murray Wagnon 9″ x 12″ Oil This unusual rock is in my Sister’s back yard in Auberry, California SOLD

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“Old Pepper Tree, San Juan Bautista” by Murray Wagnon 9″ x 12″ Oil These ancient Pepper Trees were beginning to disapear from the streets of San Juan, so I thought I had better capture this one sooner than later.

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“Heaven’s Gate, San Juan Bautista” by Murray Wagnon 36″ x 27″ Oil This is a studio enlargement from a 9×12 plein air painting. It was done for the “small to LARGE” show at the Pacific Grove Art Center

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“Winter Blossoms, San Juan Bautista” by Murray Wagnon 27″ x 36″ Oil This is an studio enlargement done from a 9×12 Plein air painting I had done in January SOLD

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“Springtime, Pacific Grove” by Murray Wagnon 16″ x 12″ Oil This is the coast in Pacific Grove between Lover’s Point, and Esplinade Park, with the ice-plant in bloom.

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“The Bamboo Vase” by Murray Wagnon 14″ x 18″ Oil I was going to clean my pallette, but didn’t want to waste the paint, so I did this quick study of some flowers, in a vase I keep in my studio for still life paintings

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“Garapata Coast” by Murray Wagnon 18″ x 24″ Oil This is the view, looking north towards Carmel Highlands from a point near the Bixby Creek Bridge north of Big Sur

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a view of Monterey Bay through the trees on Jack's Peak

“Monterey Bay, from Jack’s Peak” by Murray Wagnon 8″ x 10″ Oil This is the companion piece to “Through the Trees at Jack’s Peak”. I painted the simultaneously, mounted side-by-side on a piece of Masonite, during a light rain.

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This is a view of Monterey Bay, seen through the trees at Jack's Peak Park

“Through the Trees at Jack’s Peak”” by Murray Wagnon 8″ x 10″ Oil I did this, and a companion piece, on a rainy day on the upper slopes of Jack’ Peak in Monterey. I seemed to be pretty well protected from the rain, until I got in the car for the trip home. I was […]

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A view through the trees at Toro Park

“the Pathway at Toro Park” by Murray Wagnon 9″ x 12″ Oil This is the view of a pathway through the trees along Highway 68 near Toro Park in Salinas

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These are the rocks near the point pinos lighthouse looking towards Monterey

“The Rocks at Point Pinos” by Murray Wagnon 8″ x 10″ Oil This is the view towards Moss Landing, as seen from the rocks near the Point Pinos Lighthouse

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A paint-out at Dampierre Park in Carmel Valley Village

“Dampierre Park, Carmel Valley” by Murray Wagnon 8″ x 10″ Oil This is the view of a little pathway through the shrubs and trees, leading down to the Carmel River in Carmel Valley Village.

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Snow in the Harbor at Cherbourg

“Winter, Cherbourg” by Murray Wagnon 16″ x 20″ Oil A cold, snowy morning in the harbor at Cherbourg

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“Blossoms” by Murray Wagnon 16″ x 20″ Oil These were the winter blossoms on an old fruit tree growing by the road in San Juan Bautista.

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The view of Point Lobos from the Carmel Mission Ranch

“Carmel Mission Ranch” by Murray Wagnon 14″x18″ Oil This is the view of Point Lobos as seen from the Carmel Mission Ranch

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“Country Lane, San JUan Bautista” by Murray Wagnon 12″ x 9″ Oil A view of the blossoms of an old fruit tree in February, on a country lane in San Juan Bautista. I painted 4 or 5 views of this tree in a three day time span.

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“Winter Blossoms, San Juan Bautista” by Murray Wagnon 9″ x 12″ Oil An old fruit tree on a little country road in San Juan Bautista. SOLD

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“Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White” by Murray Wagnon 12″ x 9″ Oil A plein air painting of an old fruit tree I found on a little country road in San Juan Bautista.

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“The Cove at Fisherman’s Wharf” by Murray Wagnon 12″ x 9″ Oil This painting of the cove behind Fishermans Wharf, was done on a paint-out with MBPAPA

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“The Cliffs at Capitola” by Murray Wagnon 20″ x 10″ Oil This painting was done on a Saturday during the Capitola Art & Wine Festival. SOLD

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“The Entry Courtyard at Mission Carmel” by Murray Wagnon 20″ x 16″ Oil This painting was the second version of the same scene, painted on a Saturday paint-out with MBPAPA (Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association).

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“Rocks and Waves at Asilomar” by Murray Wagnon 20″ x 6″ Oil A study of the dynamics of the waves breaking on the rocks along the coast at Pacific Grove.

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“Rocky Point” by Murray Wagnon 16″ x 20″ Oil These are the cliffs at Rocky Point, south of Carmel Highlands.

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“St. Francis Retreat” by Murray Wagnon 24″ x 36″ Oil This colorful Eucalyptus tree is on the grounds of the St. Francis Retreat in San Juan Bautista.

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“Temple Emanuel from Lincoln Park” by Murray Wagnon 30″ x 40″ Oil This is the view from the legion of Honor Museum in Lincoln Park SOLD

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“The Arcade at Mission San Juan Bautista” by Murray Wagnon 12″ x 9″ Oil You can just imagine what it would have been like to sit here, in the shade, looking out over the fields on a hot summer day. . . Just step back a hundred years. . .

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“Heaven’s Gate, San Juan Bautista” by Murray Wagnon 12” x 9″ Oil This is the second time I’ve painted this gate. I did this one the day after I did “the Terra Cotta Arch” painting. It is the gate to the old Mission Cemetary, and is situated on the escarpment formed by the San Andreas […]

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“The Mission at San Juan Bautista” by Murray Wagnon 12″ x 9″ Oil This was my second painting of the day, following “the Terra Cotta Arch”.

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“Terra Cotta Arch, San Juan Bautista” by Murray Wagnon 12″ x 9″ Oil I met up with a friend from MBPAPA one day, and this was my first painting of the morning. It is the arched entry to the ‘arcade’ at the Mission in San Juan Bautista.

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“The Lagoon at Carmel River Beach” by Murray Wagnon 12″ x 9″ Oil This plein air painting was done a week after the MBPAPA ‘paint-out’ at this location.

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“Houses at Carmel River Beach” by Murray Wagnon 17″ x 6″ Oil I spent a couple of days painting at this beach with several other members of the Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association. SOLD

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“Lover’s Point Cypress” by Murray Wagnon 11″ x 14″ Oil My friend from MBPAPA, Steve Maher and I painted together in the shade of this great old Cypress that sits in the park at Lover’s Point in Pacific Grove.

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“Mmontmartre” by Murray Wagnon 24″ x 18″ Oil This painting was a study in ‘balanced tonal structuring’.

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“St. Francis Retreat” by Murray Wagnon 9″ x 12″ Oil MBPAPA did a ‘paint-out’ at St. Francis Retreat in San Juan Bautista on a chilly day in December. This was my second painting of the day.

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“Mission, Carmel” by Murray Wagnon 12″ x 9″ Oil This is the smaller of two plein air paintings I did on a Saturday morning with the Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association at the mission in Carmel.

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“The Footbridge, Wildwood Park” by Murray Wagnon 16″ x 12″ Oil I did a sketch on this canvas on the day of the Saratoga Art & Wine Festival, but I didn’t get back to the park to paint it until a few weeks later.

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“Garland Ranch, Carmel Valley” by Murray Wagnon 8″ x 10″ Oil I painted this on a rainy day in Carmel Valley. “Paint a little. . .Move everything under a tree. . . paint a little. . . move everything under a tree. . . “

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“The Gate, San Juan Bautista” by Murray Wagnon 7″ x 5″ Oil This is a little plein air painting of the gate to the graveyard at Mission San Juan Bautista, California”

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“Paso Robles, 7 a.m.” by Murray Wagnon 18″ x 14″ Oil The sun was just beginning to hit the tops of the telephone poles when I found this dirt road off of Highway 46, north of Paso Robles, California.

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“Las Ventannas Viejas, Asilomar” by Murray Wagnon 20″ x 16″ Oil Another painting of the old Villa on Asilomar Drive in Asilomar.

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“The old King Adobe, Asilomar” by Murray Wagnon 16″ x 20″ Oil This plein air painting is of the back view of an old estate in the dunes in Asilomar. I do enjoy painting this old place.

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“Agave, Mission San Miguel” by Murray Wagnon 20″ x 16″ Oil This old Agave is at the main gate to the mission in San Miguel. This painting was in the MBPAPA show at Corral de Tierra in Monterey County. This painting received an “Honorable Mention” at the 2014 Natividad Foundation’s Exhibit “California History, The Mission […]

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“Paso Robles, R.F.D.” by Murray Wagnon 30″ x 24″ Oil This Old Barn is on the road from Paso Robles to Cambria.

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“Skunk Harbor, Lake Tahoe” by Murray Wagnon “14 x 11″ Oil This is a plein air painting of Skunk Harbor on the Northeast shore of Lake Tahoe. It is about a 4 mile hike in from the Highway to this old abandoned stone house that was built around the turn of the last century.

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“Glenbrook, Nevada” by Murray Wagnon 11″ x 14″ Oil This is a plein air painting of Lake Tahoe from the picnic area at John’s house in Up Away, in Glenbrook, Nevada

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“Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey” by Murray Wagnon 12″ x 9″ Oil This is a plein air painting from the ‘whale watching pier’ at Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey.

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“the Dunes at Sand City” by Murray Wagnon 16″ x 12″ Oil This is the view looking toward Moss Landing from the dunes north of Monterey

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