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Marc Dalessio by Marc Dalessio - 2M ago

We spent our September this year plein air painting in Portugal. It was the first time I had visited the country and we started from the north near Apulia, and worked our way south to the Algarve. We had great weather, with the exception of some fog on the coast. The food was terrific (and inexpensive) and the people were all really friendly.

Outside of the cities, Portugal and California look very similar. From the ubiquitous eucalyptus trees, to the cliffs looking down on an ocean teaming with surfers, to the rolling hills with golden grass and cork trees (which look like California live oaks), to the traditional whitewashed architecture which is similar to the Spanish colonial buildings, there were many times when I did a double-take to remember where I was. The light, like in California, is especially beautiful.

Cliffs near Peniche. 25 x 35 cm, oil on panel.

Villas in Sintra. 25 x 35 cm, oil on panel.

Bougainvillea, Évora. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

Porto, the Waterfront. 30 x 20 cm, oil on panel.

Market Stalls, Porto. 25 x 35 cm, oil on panel.

Pavilion in a Park, Coimbra. 25 x 35 cm, oil on panel.

Street in Aveiro. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

Igreja de São Brissos, Alentejo, 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

Street in Lisbon. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

 

The light in the Algarve is stunning. Since the coast faces south, the sun is above the water most of the day. The area is more built-up than other coastal areas that we visited, but there were a lot of wonderful views.

Praia de Dona Ana #1. 25 x 35 cm, oil on panel.

Praia de Dona Ana #2. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

Praia do Tonel, Sagres. 25 x 35 cm, oil on panel.

Evening Light, Algarve. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

Praia do Camilo. 35 x 25 cm, oil on panel.

As pretty as Lisbon and Porto are, we didn’t a lot of time in the bigger cities as we were traveling with a dog and the smaller towns and countryside were more manageable.

Sycamores at the Belém Tower, Lisbon. 25 x 35 cm, oil on panel.

Igreja de São Domingos, Evening Light (Lisbon). 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

Windmills on the Beach, Apulia. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

Street in Viana do Castelo. 25 x 35 cm, oil on panel.

Rossio Marques de Pombal, Estremoz. 20 x 30 cm, oil on panel.

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Marc Dalessio by Marc Dalessio - 6M ago

I was interviewed by Eric Rhoads for the PleinAir Podcast. You can hear it here, or subscribe to the PleinAir Podcast on iTunes (or wherever you get your podcasts): 


PleinAir Art Podcast Episode 79: Marc Dalessio - SoundCloud
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Morning in Stonington. 11 x 14 in.,oil on linen (on gatorboard).

These are some of my recent plein air paintings from a trip to Deer Isle, Maine. I was teaching for the Waltham Studios, and they have a blog post on the course.

4th of July Parade, Deer Isle. 8 x 12 in.,oil on panel.

I always have a great time in Maine. The landscapes are beautiful, the towns are picturesque, the people are friendly, and the food is great. It’s also much cooler in the summers, so working outside is much more pleasant.

Lifting Fog. 11 x 14 in., oil on linen (on gatorboard).

Hillside, Stonington. 8 x 12 in., oil on linen (on gatorboard).

Grey Day, Stonington. 11 x 14 in., oil on linen (on gatorboard).

Greenhead Road. 8 x 12 in., oil on linen (on gatorboard).

Plein Air Painters, Sand Beach. 8 x 12 in., oil on linen (on gatorboard).

Driveway, Reach. 8 x 12 in., oil on panel.

View from Church Street, Stonington. 8 x 12 in., oil on linen (on gatorboard).

Lobster Boats, Burnt Cove. 8 x 12 in., oil on linen (on gatorboard).

Fog. 8 x 12 in., oil on linen (on gatorboard).

Sunset, Stonington. 8 x 12 in., oil on linen (on gatorboard).

I spent a few days painting Ames Pond just outside Stonington. The colors and shapes were different from what I’m used to, and the views reminded me of some of my favorite Russian and Nordic painters.

Ames Pond #1. 14 x 11 in., oil on linen (on gatorboard).

Ames Pond #2. 8 x 12 in., oil on linen (on gatorboard).

Ames Pond #3. 8 x 12 in., oil on linen (on gatorboard).

Ames Pond #4. 8 x 12 in., oil on linen (on gatorboard).

I also did a couple of large plein air landscapes looking out towards the Eggemoggin Reach using my new carbon fiber easel and palette system. The idea was to create lightweight system that could fit into a small suitcase, yet would still be able to handle a big canvas in wind. You can see it in the image below:

Carbon fiber system for large plein air work.

So far so good, but there are some kinks that need to be worked out. In high winds I use a system of tent pegs for added stability.

Grays Cove looking toward Eggemoggin Reach #1. 36 x 48 in., oil on linen.

Grays Cove looking toward Eggemoggin Reach #2. 36 x 48 in., oil on linen.

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