New Paintings


Armand Cabrera
After my trip out west to the San Juan Mountains in October and lots of time in the field during November I’ve spent the last few weeks painting in the studio for my galleries in Vail CO and Pasadena, CA. These paintings are some of the studio work I’ve finished  from my reference of those trips.




For me outdoor time is all about getting the mood and feeling of the place I’m in. Because I finish my sketches in one sitting my goals are different than studio work. Outdoors I don’t design too much on the fly while I paint. Instead I work to absorb as much of the experience as I can. Of course I’m also subject to weather changes and time constraints that may interrupt the process and prevent me from finishing the painting.
I don’t mix outdoor and indoor work if I need more time for an outdoor piece I bring it back to the studio and get out a new canvas and paint it from scratch. For me this preserves the integrity of the painting process and my mood at the time I paint.


 In the studio I can be more contemplative and think about how to make the sketches into a more focused statement. I’m free to redesign elements or edit them more than I would outdoors. When I get a complete statement onsite I pass it on to my galleries otherwise they are the basis for studio work.

Fall in the Tidal Basin

Armand Cabrera
I had a great time painting in the Tidal Basin yesterday. The fall weather was perfect with temps in the low 60’s. The paintings I created were small 9 x 12’s
The crowds were low compared to spring during the blossoms but for me the color was just as nice. It was easy to drive in and park near the Ohio Street Bridge and walk a few hundred yards to my first painting location.
It is a little past peak at the basin but the trees at the Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting pool are still green. The mall was mixed with some trees completely denuded of leaves and some just turning.

New Paintings 8-2016

Just finished up these four paintings for Tirage Gallery in Pasadena, CA.
I will be sending them out later this week.  All are 12 x 16 oils


 Big Rock Ridge Afternoon 12 x 16 oil
 Fading Light Eaton Canyon 12 x 16 oil
 Loma Alta Evening 12 x 16 oil
Wildflowers 12 x 16 oil