Mission Point Park, Where the Road Meets the Bay
Plein Air enthusiasts enjoy unlimited opportunities in San Diego, the capital for transparent watercolorists, also known as “white paper painters”. The San Diego Watercolor Society sponsors up to five monthly group painting events at locations all over the county. As many as forty artists might participate at any venue. As a demonstrator, I chose Mission Point Park located where Mission Boulevard dead ends at the Mission Channel, which connects to Mission Bay. Lovely vistas to the east and south include graceful bridges, the Quivera Yacht Basin moorage, and venerable palms. The moisture laden air drapes the scene in atmospheric perspective, mysteriously shadowing layers of distant shores. Take a short walk to the west and your toes are on the sandy shores of the Pacific Ocean next to the rocky jetty where waves splash and break. Walkers and bicyclists serve as punctuation marks to the scene and playground equipment provides abstract inspiration. What a marvelous place to hone one’s location painting skills!