plein air painting

Mar 14

Invitation to Redlands

Discussion at the Bowl

I’m pleased to invite you to an exhibition of my artwork of the City of Redlands, sponsored by A.K. Smiley Library. I visited Redlands for the first time a quarter-century ago and it continues to inspire me, personally and professionally. There will be three dozen original drawings and paintings on display, with dozens more to examine in a digital slide show at the exhibit. My entire inventory of Redlands art can be examined online at:

The show runs April 13-20 in the Library’s Assembly Room. A reception will be held Sunday, April 13, 4-6 pm. I hope to see you there. A.K. Smiley Public Library,125 W. Vine St., Redlands, CA. 909-798-7565. 

Morning Walk Near Highland

Aug 12

On course


After a painting dry spell I recently got back into the the swing of it by painting out in the field–a very lush Afield–at Bel-Air Country Club. It had been several years since I made the rounds of all 18 holes, so I enjoyed getting reacquainted.

Bel-Air Country Club was designed into the terrain of canyons flowing south out of the hills above Los Angeles in the early 1920s. From a landscape painter’s point of view the choices Bel-Air serves up almost demand a coin toss to get started. After a tour of the golf course I chose Hole 3 as a good morning subject.

Hole 3 is a three-par that includes a water feature out in front of the green and a screen of mature, twisting Hollywood Junipers bordering the sides and back. By mid-morning the sun was high enough to light the green and leave the tree shadows hugging the putting surface. That pleased my eye, and since shape-making is my first impulse as a visual artist (and the most significant consideration in my drawing and painting), I composed this view where shadowed trees frame a vibrant putting green and bunkers.

Once this little acrylic study of Hole 3 was done enough to my liking, I loaded my equipment in the golf cart and continued on–on past many future paintings–before settling on Hole 17 for an afternoon’s painting.


The set-up at Hole 17

It’s worth noting that Bel-Air Country Club has three tunnels cutting through the canyons that separate parts of the golf course, one 350 feet long. Golfers arrive at the elevated tees of Hole 17 through the shortest of the tunnels. The vista they find is all the more impressive following that narrow and shadowed underground approach. From the tees your eye cascades down into the canyon, right in the direction of the green and revealing more of the hole’s dramatic backdrop, the campus of UCLA and the city of Los Angeles, beyond.


My plan is to revisit both of these ideas in larger paintings, widening both compositions, when I do. The scene of Hole 3 will include more putting green and a more complicated foreground frame of twisting tree trunks and limbs, as well as a bit more sky appearing through the tree canopy. Likewise, Hole 17 deserves a larger, wider treatment, one that includes more of the screen of mature eucalyptus trees that border the tees on the right. It is a beautiful scene from anywhere on the hole. The great Bobby Jones called 17, “one of the best  all around holes I have ever played.”

To see more of Brad’s work visit Brad Faegre Fine Art