“The Wisteria Arbor at the Pacific House”
by Murray Wagnon
11″ x 14″
Oil

This scene of the Wisteria Arbor at the Memorial Garden of the Pacific House was irresistable. I had to give it a try, and I am glad I did!

“The Wisteria at the Pacific House”
by Murray Wagnon
11″ x 14″
Oil

My friend Robert Lewis & I went out in search of a subject. When I saw this Wisteria shrub behind the Memorial Garden at the Pacific House, I had to try to capture the image.

“Jack’s Peak”
by Murray Wagnon
14″ x 11″
Oil 

I painted this while on a paint-out with the Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association (MBPAPA). Jack’s Peak is a tree shrouded ridge above Monterey, with panoramic views of the bay, from Marina to Point Lobos.

“The Arcade at Mission San Juan Bautista”
by Murray Wagnon
11″ x 14″
Oil

This was my effort on the second day of the MBPAPA paint-out at San Juan Bautista.

“Mission San Juan Bautista”
by Murray Wagnon
14″ x 11″
Oil

My MBPAPA friends converged on the little Mission town of San Juan Bautista for two days of plein air painting. This was my effort for the first day.

 

“Brick House, Old Monterey”
by Murray Wagnon
11″ x 14″
Oil

My painting ‘buddy’ Robert Lewis & I chose this spot for a painting of the oldest brick house in California.

“Wetlands at Moss Landing”
by Murray Wagnon
11″ x 14″
Oil

I was painting with my MBPAPA friends at the wetlands near the harbor at Moss Landing. It had been raining for weeks, and we finally had a break in the weather for a quick painting, and a great lunch at the Haute Enchilada.

” Large Waves at Hidden Beach, Point Lobos”
by Murray Wagnon
11″ x 14″
Oil

The waves were huge when I got to Hidden Beach, near China Cove at Point Lobos.

“The Cliffs at Whaler’s Cove”
by Murray Wagnon
11″ x 14″
Oil

This was painted on the cliffs at the entrance to Whaler’s Cove at Point Lobos.

“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.


“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 for the Central Coast Artists Association. The Demonstration was entitled “small to LARGE, Keeping the Spontaneity of the Plein Air Sketch Alive in the Studio Enlargement”. (For a comparison, the original image is a few paintings before this on the website)
“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”.
“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 for a while. I went back and captured this image.
“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.
“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 in the Memory Garden of the Pacific House in “Old Monterey”. Later, I did a studio enlargement of this painting in a Demonstration for the Central Coast Artists Association
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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”.
“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.
“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.
“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’.
“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.
“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 I was packing my gear, he decided to come up for a closer look. Now, they are really cute, and all, but they are wild animals, not pets, so I made a hasty retreat. I was barefoot, and didn’t want him to nibble at my toes.
“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 the storm clouds clustering on the ridge above the village.
“My Front Porch”
by Murray Wagnon
14” x 11″
Oil
The view towards Jack’s Peak, from my front door in Seaside, California.
“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.
“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 to capture the ‘sundial’ effect of the shadow moving along the upper wall.
“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.
“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”.
“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.
“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 grabbed my gear, and set up on the hill across the street. I had to work quickly, because the storm was coming in. Fifteen minutes later, I was forced to retreat into my studio, but I think this little sketch captured the effect pretty well.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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 old adobes.
“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.
27501 The Pacific House Arcade 11x14 Oil Murray Wagnon “The Pacific House Arcade”
by Murray Wagnon
14″ x 11″
Oil
27499 China Cove 11x14 Oil Murray Wagnon “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

“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 day of plein air painting.

“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

“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.

“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 gatherings of the Spanish and Mexican Hacienda eras. I have had successful paintings of the Mission every year. This year I decided to capture the sensation of the juxtaposition of the Bougainvillia blossoms and foliage against the backdrop of the sunlight and shadows cast on the whitewashed masonry walls.

“Mission San Jose”
by Murray Wagnon
20″ x 16″
Oil

A View of Mission San Jose as seen from the cemetery wall

“The Coastline – Monterey Bay”
by Murray Wagnon
11″ x 14″
Oil

A view from the dunes of the Monterey Bay Coastline

“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

“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 and found it to be a “target rich environment”. I did this 14×11 Oil, but we agreed that we would have to make several more trips to this spot.

 

“Millhouse on the Thames”

by Murray Wagnon
18″ x 24″
Oil

This image is of the Mapledurham Watermill on the River Thames in Oxfordshire

 

“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.

 

 

“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 was washing up over the sandbar into the lagoon.


“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 lagoon opposite the Carmel Mission Ranch.

“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 the Alvarado Gallery Exhibit “Paint the Town” at the Monterey Convention Center.

“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 was our first attempt of the day.

Our paintings from this event were included in the Alvarado Gallery Exhibit “Paint the Town” at the Monterey Convention Center.

“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 I took from him on Catalina Island in 2005 did one for us to observe, but we didn’t have time to actually try one, and I have always wanted to paint one, so tonight, as part of the “Paint San Juan Bautista” event, I finally tried it.

The important lesson I learned tonight (I’m certain there will be others), was the importance of easel placement in the dark. When setting up your easel in the dark, it is a good idea to scan the ground with a flashlight. If you see a large pile of Owl Guano, It is probably not the best place to set-up your Easel. Having learned such an important lesson on my first outing is, I think, extremely fortunate, and I am looking forward with great enthusiasm for the next lesson.

“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.

“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 tree is beginning to feel like an old friend now. Standing, as it does, alongside the old adobe wall that surrounds the Breen Orchard. The Breens were one of the families that survived the winter with the Donner Party, in the High Sierras. After their rescue, the church brought them from Sacramento, and found them work, and a place to live. This old orchard is behind the Great House they eventualy were able to buy from the Castro Family.

“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.

“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.
 
“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 Pepper trees, like old barns have a tendency to disappear if you put off painting them when the spirit moves you. A few, very near to this one, have been cut down over the past few years. I have painted this one from various angles over the years.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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 of Emile Bernard (facing), and Vincent Van Gogh seated with his back toward us. The photograph, as things do happen, turns out to have been taken by an old original “Brownie” camera. It just so happens that a very close friend of theirs owned a “Brownie” camera at that time. His name was Henri de Toulouse Lautrec. What do you think?

“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!

“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.

“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 homage to the veterans of painting “en Plein Aire”.

“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.

“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 may be the last.

I’ve learned an important lesson with old barns . . . if you want to paint one, don’t put it off. It may not be there tomorrow.

“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 let them ‘do their own ‘thing’.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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 fields of yellow Mustard Blossoms, but this little ranch road intrigued me . . . I got some Mustard in there too . . . but the trees and outbuildings were right down my alley.


“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 me, until I remembered that I didn’t have any tire chains. As the roads were getting covered with snow, I quickly packed my things, and headed out of the mountains, taking the Merced route to the Central Valley. That painting is posted here on the website, so you can compare it with this enlarged studio version.


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

 

 

“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.

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 see La Forêt for the trees). . .sorry, couldn’t stop myself. . .I tried. . .honest ! . . .So, after the wind we had last night I figured today might work. The forecast called for rain, but I went for it anyway. A slight drizzle or two, and some frozen fingers and toes, et voila! . . . (still some leaves, but enough were blown off that I could make it work.)

“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 changed dramatically.

“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 a child in King City.

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 it is covered with blossoms.

The title, of course comes from Batty’s final soliloquy. . .in “Blade Runner”.

Returning to Port
by Murray Wagnon
10″ x 4″
Oil

And a very good port it was. . .

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!

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 from “The Court Jester” about “the pellet with the poison.” It used to crack my dad up. . .Great fun. . . Although, as I was painting these I was thinking more of “Henry IV”.

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.

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. . .

Fruit Bowl with Blue Stripe
by Murray Wagnon
4″ x 10″
Oil

Another rainy day exercise.

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.

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.

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.

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.

“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 the new and old bridges, across from the Almaden Quicksilver Mines Park.

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

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

“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 harvest the artichokes, they toss them over their shoulders, into the large nylon sacks, carried on their backs. The nylon sacks, have replaced the large wicker baskets they once used, hence the name Canastas, which is the Spanish word for basket.

“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 “socked in” by fog. The day was looking like a “bust”, but suddenly the fog began to disburse, and we were met by an abundance of views. I chose this one. The old stone building in the foreground must have been a hundred and fifty years old, and still in use.

The crops were a “Spring Mix” salad assortment of red and green lettuce.