Bay Area painters Richard Lindenberg and Christin Coy are the subject of a show up until July 5 at Christian Daniels Gallery, in San Francisco. Lindenberg shared the story surrounding his piece “Shade”—a painting that coaxed him back for a second session of work. 

“Shade,” by Richard Lindenberg, oil on linen panel, 12 x 16 in.

Lindenberg, who in addition to being an artist serves as marketing manager for PleinAir magazine, says he rarely returns to a painting spot after one session. “In this case I did, and here is the story behind it,” he says. “Pacheco Pond is a local marsh that is part of the Pacific flyway for migratory birds and is a five-minute drive from my home. Whenever I need to get away for an hour or so of painting, I go to this pond to do a study of the many varied scenes there. The day I painted “Shade” was overcast, yet the shapes in the massive eucalyptus tree caught my eye. Although I was happy with my treatment of the scene, when I got home and placed it on my viewing shelf it just seemed to lack punch because of the overcast light. About two weeks later, when painting the marsh on a bright sunny afternoon, I turned to my left and saw the tree painted earlier, but the trunk was bathing in the saturated light. I knew then I must return with the original and re-work the painting. The final result made me very happy.”

“Summers Glow — Lucas Valley,” by Christin Coy, Oil, 12 x 36 in.

“Evening Light — Winter,” by Christin Coy, Oil, 10 x 30 in.

“Bodega Head Cypress,” by Richard Lindenberg, Oil, 30 x 24 in.

For more information on the exhibition, visit the gallery’s website.


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