Tag Archives: California Realism

Rest in peace

  Last month celebrated California plein air painter Ken Auster died of prostate cancer at age 66. That’s a great loss for students of California realism and plein air painting as a whole. Ken Auster, artist, was a creation of Ken Auster, mid-century California surfer dude. California’s surfing scene originated in Long Beach, California (although a breakwater […]

The good ol’ days, at least for me

Robert Clunie was a California realist plein air painter. If he’d never painted anything but the High Sierra, he wouldn’t interest me overmuch. This is even though his work is fresh and colorful, and his draftsmanship on high peaks, boulders and cliffs is perfect. However, I recently saw two paintings by him of the Saginaw River that […]