Painting of Ventura Wharf

ventura morning 600 Painting of Ventura Wharf

November Morning in Ventura
6″x6″, oil on board, by Lucy Chen
Artist Collection

November 2014 marked my first ever visit to the United States.  Not just any where in the US, but the sunshine state of California.

The color of this boat in the Ventura wharf called for a painting.  So I painted it with a palette knife.

If you’ve been there, you know that it’s not easy to find a scene with only one boat.  Though it was packed in the morning of my visit, as an artist, I control what goes in and stays out of my painting.  And I start to sense that it can also be true with life.  Yes?

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 Painting of Ventura Wharf

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park-and-moms

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