Friday, July 23, 2010
I was invited by the California Art Club to do a plein air painting demo with a group of kids at the Kidspace Museum in Pasadena. As I've said before, besides teaching college my next favorite group to teach is kids! The challenge is keeping them interested, but acting goofy helps!
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Coming back from the amazing beauty of Wyoming, I was inspired to revisit this painting and try to recover from the previous disaster. I did most of this on Painting the Town yesterday but the show wasn't able to stream live, I think they'll post the replay of the show soon... This is a painting of a sliver of paradise, an arcadian idyll, hope for recovery. oil on canvas, 24 by 36
Friday, July 16, 2010
Last night there was a fancy farmer's market at Yamashiro's in the Hollywood Hills. I hadn't been there in ages but fell in love all over again! That view is incredible! You need a 20 foot long canvas because it is 180 degrees from Griffith Park Observatory to the ocean. because of the event I got to paint in a place that would otherwise be off limits which is the most fun part about these 'live' painting gigs. I had an awkward canvas for such a panoramic scene, but here's a sliver of it over Hollywood towards Century City in the distance. This is a 24 by 30 that I blocked in and then scraped off. It really feels Bonnard-y, I kinda like it!
Thursday, July 15, 2010
This is my favorite of the bunch. I really feel the sunshine in this one! It's a shot across the Hobart River of the barn at Spotted Horse Ranch with Beaver Mountain the the background. That was painted over a failed urban scene of downtown Jackson and it's MUCH better than that underpainting. alkyd on canvas panel, 12 by 16
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
I got a quick portrait job when I got back from Wyoming, I finished it yesterday. It is the daughter of someone I met at the Get:Art Project Angelfood fundraiser. More good karma! This was painted from a photo she e-mailed me so it wasn't exactly a 20 minute portrait, with a photo you can slow down and really get into the likeness. It was a good photo with nice, soft lighting so I think the painting came out great!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
The second day of painting was a failure, I did a flop in the morning and a flop in the afternoon which Scraped off completely in order to paint something else on to of later. This is the second or third success I had. It's a painting of Granite Falls. I drove there with my mom, who like to paint plein air as well. Nine miles on the highway, and 10 miles of dirt road but the journey was worth it, such a beautiful place! alkyd on canvas, 18 by 14
Monday, July 12, 2010
I spend the past week in Jackson Hole, Wyoming on a family trip. There was fishing and horses and endless beautiful landscape! I brought my most portable art supplies with me and four canvases. I did six paintings, but two were flops and I painted over them, but of the four I kept I really liked three. I'll post them over the next few days. I brought alkyd paint with me which is oil based but dries in about 6 hours. This is the first painting I did of the afternoon light on Beaver Mountain. alkyd on canvas, 11 by 14
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Last night was another exciting show with Toni Czechorosky as our model and Bri Gerber having fun with music! I painted over the first sitting with Toni, recomposing/redrawing the portrait and making the move from black and white to color. I really enjoyed the hour, and love how the painting came out!
Friday, July 2, 2010
I'm in the new issue of Poets and Artists magazine online now, and available in print form from Amazon and Barnes and Nobel. It's a really neat e-magazine, the layout of the website is great! I'm excited to be profiled: www.poetsandartists.com. Also letting folks know there is one week left for my show of paintings at the Must wine bar. Lots of beautiful interiors from this series. Working a deal with the owner Julie Rico, prices have been lowered and we are motivated to get these paintings into the hands of people who love them!
Thursday, July 1, 2010
I finally made a few precise moves and I'm happy with painting, another one in the Playboy series. I have it at for sale at the Hive Gallery. Come check it out, come buy it! It's even more exciting in person!! I got some mention on Kollectible Kulture's website, click here to see their post about this painting. oil on canvas, 48 by 36
Rick G. saw me painting 20 minute portraits at the Project Angelfood fundraiser and contacted me about painting him. So he came for a studio visit and painted 2 portraits in about 2 hours. The outdoor color was beautiful and challenging and the whole experience was fun! oil on canvas, 14 by 11