Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I co-teach this class at Art Center which tries to combine digital and plein air. It's an interesting experiment and the students are enjoying it. We go on a field trip and take photos, make drawings, paint paintings, then we meet in the computer lab the week after and try to make something new using the computer and all it's amazing abilities. our first outing was on campus where I took lots of photos from unusual angles and made a photo-collage composition whose sum is greater than it's parts. I got the shots of the mantis when she posed for me after saving her from a spider web. Now she's attacking the entire San Gabriel Valley! Today class met as Descanso Gardens. I sketched and photographed for a couple hours and then did a longer painting after class regrouped at 11. I tried to encourage the class to really go for it when you're painting from life. You can see and "feel" so much more color when you are really there, it's something that the camera never seems to get. So with this painting I wanted to really accentuate and paint how the colors around me felt... even more saturated! When I got home I brought the painting and a photo I took of the same scene into the computer, stretched my painting so it matched the photographic placement, adjusted the opacity so you could see a little of both and voila! The saturated colors and "right but wrong" composition painted from life are blended with the dull colors and "perfect placement" of the photo which makes for an interesting image. two wrongs make a right!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
It's fun to try to make more from less. These are a couple demo paintings from my composition and painting classes at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena on Mondays. The exercise is to use only burnt umber and ultramarine blue (and of course white) and paying careful attention to value and temperature, make a painting of the model from life. With a little skill, the painter can get a quite accurate representation... oil on canvas, 20 by 16
Monday, September 28, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
here's the best one of today's batch of prints. I'm really getting the hang of inking the blocks and the right pressure when rolling them out. So today's was an especially good batch as I'm getting better with the printing process. By the way I sold one last night at the Hive closing show so they have been 'monetized' and have a market value! ahahaah! I should have no problem getting enough done for the Hive opening next Saturday, I want to cover my whole wall. But don't worry, there is no significant risk of inflation!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I've been interested in money lately and have been making various drawings of U.S. federal reserve notes. I think it would be fun to try and sell some as art, and also as a bit of a statement on the nature of money today. So in an effort to streamline the process, I cut a three color linoleum block print of a U.S. dollar. I finished the last block today and ran a few test prints to see how they look Im happy with it, not bad for my first try. Here's a scan of one of the cut blocks, and also the test print. The green stamp is a random stamp I'd made that I had lying around and when I sell them, I plan to add a few touches by hand as well as the serial numbers. ink on paper, 2.75 by 6.25 inches
Friday, September 18, 2009
I was back downtown yesterday. I put a few more people into the painting of the Nickel Diner because I thought it felt a little empty; it looks more lively now! oil on canvas, 20 by 30 Also, I started a painting looking up Main towards the Hotel Barclay. At this stage it's just a drawing on canvas, but I will take it back on location soon and get some color on it. I have to decide if I want to do it in daylight or as a nightscene... ink on canvas, 36 by 18
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Today is between teaching days and I was home doing chores and thinking about money. What is it? Where is it's worth? These days it's just paper with the only thing giving it value being the "tinkerbell effect" So since central banks around the world are printing money like it's going out of style, I thought I'd get in on it! Here are two life drawings, actual size. They are each for sale for $50; a signed original drawing by notorious artist Alex Schaefer. Or maybe I'll try to exchange them at my local farmers market for goods or services.
update: I drew a couple more bills, thought I'd keep posting them...
Friday, September 11, 2009
I got a call from Nathan, owner of the Hive gallery, on Wednesday night asking if I could put up a show my paintings for the LA artwalk, which was the next day... I said sure! He knows I have lots of paintings so I could fill any gallery space three times over! The word is that this space on Main is going to be a Hive gallery "annex" where he can feature one or two artists in a more 'conventional' gallery setting than the main Hive which is like a carnival/artwalk all of it's own. It was sweaty work yesterday because I had to put the lights up and hang all the paintings but it was worth it because the place and the paintings looked super. I got SO many compliments about my work. I never handed out so many cards, I gave out every one I had! And I met a woman with a gallery in Chinatown who is having a show TOMORROW that I now have a painting in. I dropped it off to her today. It was a good, power day. Here's a couple photos of the show and a video walk-thru before the crowds got there. I should have remember to take a video when the place WAS crowded! next time...
Saturday, September 5, 2009
I was back at Altadena Junction last night painting quick portraits. I pulled off five total and here's four of them. Not too bad. I always like to say that the portraits look more like the sitters than they don't! ahaahah! I was worried that I might be out of practice since I haven't painted 'from life' for a few weeks, but it's like riding a bicycle, it stays with you. Everybody had a great time! oil on panel, 10 by 14 and 9 by 12
Thursday, September 3, 2009
I liked the drawing so much I decided to start a painting! In many ways I think this painting represents the 'Dionysian' school of economics that has dominated U.S. central bank policy for the past 30 years! lol! i'm experimenting a lot with acrylic these days... I'm using matte gel medium as my 'white', a very limited palette of colors, and painting totally transparently on a very light pink ground. sort of like a painterly CMYK process... the gel medium is transparent when dry but 'milky' when wet... so I mix a 'tint' of each color with LOTS of gel medium, big piles, and then working on top a very light-value underpainting, I start slapping the paint on mainly going for broad color areas but here and there gradating some value... The "lighter" the paint is, the more gel medium hence the more transparent. as I get darker there's more pigment/less gel so it's darker. It's like painting watercolor with petroleum jelly. acrylic on canvas, 28 by 25