Sunday, November 24, 2019

Chase your Dreams

I don't post to my blog enough, but when something this good comes along I have too. Fantastic short documentary by Ross Harris giving backstory and context past and present for the "burning banks" series of paintings
CHASE your dreams : Alex Schaefer from rossangeles on Vimeo.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

San Francisco Skyline over Oakland

Windy and cloudy today but the rest of the week is supposed to be mild and clear :) smashed in this sweeping vista of the San Francisco Bay overlooking Oakland. It's acrylic and my favorite limited palette, I intend to take this back for a pass with full spectrum palette of oil colors

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Alex Schaefer at the 2019 Sonoma Plein Air Invitational

Cool! I got a really nice placement on the artist page for the 2019 Sonoma Plein Air Paint-Out . I'm going BIG then I'm going home! ahahahaha. Of course "big" is relative and in the contemporary plein air crowd, anything over 12 by 16 is considered large so my 16 x 20's and 15 x 30's and 18 x 28s are gonna stand out? maybe? I'm looking forward to it and meeting my host family and other artists participating! 2019 Sonoma Plein Air Invitational

Still Life

I don't paint a lot of still life per se. almost never really! But darn it I always enjoy it when I do get around to it. oil on canvas 12 by 16

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Alex Schaefer in Architectural Review

I got a couple copies of the September 2019 issue of Architectural  Review magazine. Keeping these for the scrapbook, pretty cool media flex! We need new ideas about “the economy” and it’s purpose in the world... 

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Virtual Location Scouting

I've been doing google earth flyovers of the Bay Area scouting spots for the 2019 Sonoma Plein Air Invitational. How weird and simultaneously amazing!


Echo Park, Los Angeles. Oil on canvas plein air urban landscape painting 23 by 37


Perfect Donuts on Burbank Blvd in the Valley. Oil on canvas plein air urban landscape painting.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

LPAPA’s 2019 “Town & Country” Juried Art Show with Alex Schaefer

The Art's District, downtown Los Angeles by Alex Schaefer, oil on canvas, 24 by 30, framed: $2200
Plan to join us Saturday January 12, 2019 for an art show with renowned plein air painter Alex Schaefer: celebrating the beauty of the built landscape of the City of Los Angeles — LPAPA’s first juried exhibition of 2019!

Gallery Exhibit Dates: January 7 – 21, 2019
Artist Reception: January 12th at 5pm to 7pm

Location: Forest & Ocean Gallery, 480 Ocean Ave, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Gallery Hours: Sunday – Friday: 11am – 5pm | Saturday: 10am – 6pm | Closed Mondays

Click to view the expanded online gallery show:

Vista Hermosa Park, downtown Los Angeles by Alex Schaefer, oil on canvas, 24 by 36, unframed: $2400

9th and San Julian, DTLA cityscape by Alex Schaefer

Another stab at it back with color and a lightly larger canvas than the first color rendition, 24 by 36, oil on canvas

plein air cityscape of Los Angeles by Alex Schaefer

Here's that beautiful view again, acrylic on two canvases, limited palette (White, Ultramarine Blue, and Burnt Umber) 22 by 56 inches

downtown Los Angeles view painted by Alex Schaefer

I am really enjoying this particular view of downtown LA from the rooftop at the corner of 9th and San Julian. oil on canvas 22 by 28