San Rafael, CA, United States -
Looking With Sara Mordecai, Aislinn & Ysanne
At their painting "Bella Dea" or "Beautiful Goddess" at downtown San Rafael. Sara is an artist, friend and ex-colleague of mine, and with her nieces, they were working on this beautiful painting.
Over 100 Madonnari (street painters) from around the United States, Italy and Mexico gathered last weekend in downtown San Rafael to celebrate the captivating performance art of street painting.
"Painting outdoors is the best counter balance to studio work and computer work. There's nothing better than morning light, fresh air and a few hours of plein air painting. I love to combine my love of traveling and my love of painting, so packing up the pochade, paints and brushes is a must. I've now painted in Las Vegas, Death Valley, Lake Tahoe, Sedona, Utah, Ireland, Italy and France! Most people hate Mondays, but I love them... because it is the day my plein air group meets and we spend 3-4 hours painting locally. It keeps my eyes alert for changes in light and atmosphere. I love to find the rhythm of a scene, the way a hill rolls or a road bends… it makes me so happy and these observations carry over into my studio and digital work. Hooray for Mondays!"
-- Sara Mordecai