Friday, February 25, 2011
Appropriately named! This was another canvas I worked on yesterday in Joshua Tree. The morning that I painted the previous post, I was in another spot thinking it was going to be good but I would check back later in the day because while I liked the drama of the scene, I thought the light was dull. I went back before sunset and check and it still wasn't interesting. Oh well, at least the afternoon painting that day turned out awesome! So the next morning I took that canvas to Jumbo Rocks, found a very exciting motif, and sacrificed the previous image, I like doing that somehow. My painting turned into a photo shoot for a photographer who ran into me there, it'll be cool if he sends me some of the images. I didn't get to this spot in time to finish the painting in one go as the light moved way too fast. I liked that it forced me to be simple and direct to try to get as much as I could, but I intend to take this canvas back in a couple weeks, earlier in the morning this time, and go at it again. oil on canvas, 24 by 36
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
I was at an art event called Love Attack last night that was chock full of live painters doing their thing. I wasn't part of the show but I had my sketchbook so I did a life drawing of the "live" painters absorbed in their work and the party-goers digging the scene. For me this is part of the fun, drawing an interesting composition from my surroundings.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
I was invited to paint live at wom, or word of mouth, an underground downtown art and music party in Echo Park. I brought a square canvas and art supplies and let myself go with the composition and color. The lights were constantly changing color in the room so the only way to capture the feeling was to paint like everything is opal! I never know where these underground parties are so there's always the fun drawing the place out. I designed a composition what felt like the space, but also had plenty of room to add lots of people. I went between painting on the painting, and drawing people in my sketchbook to add to the scene. A bright young kid who was the son of one of the people who threw the party gave me "updates" on what was cool going on so I didn't get totally lost in the canvas and knew when to be in the crowd and have my sketchbook out. There was this crazy band called the radioactive chicken heads that played, there were fire jugglers and performers, stilt walkers and trapeze, body painting, artists doing their thing. People there really dug my painting and enjoyed seeing the party remembered in a unique way. oil on canvas, 36 by 36
Friday, February 11, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Watch tonight, I'm on Creative Current at 7pm. go to www.laartstream.com to watch. It's a 30 minute interview and conversation with me and host Jonathan Jerald. Good talk and I paint his portrait along the way. I think the portrait turned out good, but it's interesting because I was talking the whole time I barely remember painting it! oil on canvas, 20 by 16
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
This demonstrates some basic fundamentals of drawing and composition regarding line, crop, and value (or tone). In this exercise I started with a line drawing sketched with no regard for the borders of any composition. Just free drawn from the model out. Then I cropped and gridded the drawing and started right on the toned paper with large simple values slowing landing on detail but always with an understanding for the values of the whole. The line drawing at the beginning, drawn on a separate sheet of paper, is not about detail but placement. "Detail" happens on the toned paper where it's more fun to be detailed anyway.