Tag Archives: California

Guest Artist: Jean Smidth

While in central CA a couple of months back we reconnected with Peter and Jean — great friends from WAAAY back. I knew Jean’s creative streak ran strong. Everything she touches — food, decor, gardening, art — exudes a warmth of nurture. I finally got to view her home gallery of oil painting ‘experiments.’ Wow!

Methinks the next addition on their sprawling property needs to be an art studio so this gal can get to business!

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Jean Smidth, San Luis Obispo artist.

Her various styles and experiments in oil…

I’m stealing this guy next time. Love the spontaneous strokes.

(various sizes, oil on various media)
Displayed artwork © 2017 Jean Smidth. All rights reserved.


Central California Visit

At the end of May I spent about a week along the central California coast. It was a relaxing visit to reconnect with friends, enjoy the coastal views, and catch some sun.

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Waiting for the plane at SeaTac airport. I looked up from my sketch and these two peaks were gone in the clouds.

And from our plane looking through clouds at another WA beauty…

I accidentally used a water-soluble pen here. A dab of watercolor and it all ran! 

Another roadside San Luis Obispo peak…

And a barn!

Further up coast, just south of Monterey:

(5 x 3″ pen and watercolor on watercolor paper)
Displayed artwork © 2017 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Hopkins Marine Station

My favorite activity on the Monterey Peninsula is walking the shore trail from Cannery Row in Monterey to Lover’s Point in Pacific Grove. It’s meditative to sit on one of the benches, gaze across glorious Monterey Bay, watch the marine life, listen to waves and birds, and, of course, sketch.

This is a watercolor of Hopkins Marine Station (a marine laboratory of Stanford University), adjacent to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, painted from one of those benches. By the way, the aquarium is NOT to be missed if you visit Monterey.

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(5″ x 3″  graphite & watercolor pencil on moleskine® watercolor paper)
Displayed artwork © 2016 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Harbor Sunset

Oh, those southern California sunsets…

This is San Diego Harbor in the evening at Christmas time, looking southwest from Shelter Island. Serenely peaceful.

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(3.5″ x 5.5″  micron ink pen and watercolor on watercolor paper)
Displayed artwork © 2016 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.

Lassen Peak

The beautiful mountain view from  Lake Almanor, CA.

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(5″ x 3″  graphite & watercolor pencil on moleskine® watercolor paper)
Displayed artwork © 2015 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.