this is the third attempt at the show. I think some things are better and other things will improve but it's a learn as you go process, but that's what's fun about painting and that's what's fun about TV on the internet. As for the continuation of the mini art lesson, if you click here on this past blog post -chiaroscuro- you can see further what I'm trying to get across... all things said I think I like the painting more than the show! ahahahahh!! oil on linen, 24 by 40
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Here's an intro I shot and edited together for the painting I'm going to start on Painting the Town this Friday, a "(disaster) Master Copy" of Jacopo Bassano's Flight into Egypt. I've always been a fan of this painting and look forward to paying homage to it, and learning from it, with paint!
Saturday, February 20, 2010
This is episode number 2, another show Painting the Town! I was a little worried how things would go without John, but I've done 20 minute portraits before at shows and Nathan is a good friend plus we had the footage we shot at Tommy's Burgers so that made me feel better. Enjoy the show! by the way here is a shot of the portrait, it looks like Nathan a bit, maybe a little bit bent here and there! ahahah!
Saturday, February 13, 2010
This is a classic building and a perfect time of year to paint it. I went out there for a chili-cheeseburger, fries, and an iced tea, and then ran across the street and painted for a few hours. I'm really pleased with how this one came out! oil on canvas, 12 by 24
Friday, February 12, 2010
The day after the storm was Sunday and I was scheduled to leave that day, but nature and the airlines had other plans and I was going to be there until Tuesday now. But you know what, the day after the snowstorm was amazing! I'm glad I was there to get to paint the sun and snow. I don't get much of that being from Los Angeles. So here's the Smithsonian Castle. A passerby was so enamored with the painting that he bought it the next day, how cool is that?! Thanks RW, you helped pay for the trip! Here's a picture he took of me painting on the spot. acrylic on panel, 9 by 12
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
I was en plein air out in the snow in front of the capitol building during the blizzard on Feb 6th trying to capture the color but failing. Not because I couldn't paint what I saw but because of the 'slow-dry' acrylics I was using. They were perfect the rest of the trip, but in the snow they were total failure. The wind blew the snowflakes and they'd stick onto the wet paint surface, then the flakes would melt back into water and drip off the canvas panel taking the paint with it. I tried painting for an hour but realized what was happening and decided to save what I had and go home, it looked good! Also my good camera froze up so I couldn't get a decent photo. But the relentless snow on the long walk back to the hotel washed the entire painting off and in laughing frustration I flung it into a snowdrift. It's somewhere on Pennslyvania Ave washed away. These are the only shots I have of that day, I asked a passerby who took pics of me with my camera phone. It was a surreal experience!
Wow what a crazy week it's been. Nothing went as planned, but I had a tremendous time in he storm of the Century! That was a lot of weather for someone born and raised and living in southern California. Wow! It was really an awesome experience. I have a bunch of posts lined up so I'll start with the first painting I did the day after my arrival on the 3rd. I'd met up with friend, artist, curator, great guy Trevor Young late night Wednesday and he gave me some "must see" museums and paintings, so Thursday was packed. First I went to the National Gallery and got reacquainted with some of my favorites there, and the east Wing with the "Small French Paintings" show was one incredible painting after another. Then I went to Dupont Circle I saw the Philips Collection which I'd missed the first time I went to DC. Amazing! Some of my favorite Daumiers, and four paintings by Dufy, who I'm a huge fan of, that I was told had been in storage for years! After all that painting I was dying for some plein air and since I had my mini backpack mobile studio with me I wandered around until I stumbled across the Bremaster's Castle and knew right away I wanted to paint it. I took a camera phone pic of the setup. acrylic on panel, 9 by 12 ...more posts later...
Friday, February 5, 2010
I'm in DC! Having fun meeting great people, seeing great art, painting, drawing, enjoying the snow! I'll post more later. I have limited internet and computer, but here's a composite shot of my trip sort of. It's a self portrait of my hotel room bed...