May 31, 2010

Rainy Oak

Acrylic on Panel sold

Another late Spring rainy evening on Oak Street, facing West.

Sorry this photo is so crappy, but it's not an easy one to capture. Guess you'll just have to come over to the show to see it. Ahem.

I don't think many folks lean toward rainy day paintings, but we'll see what the public at large have to say.

May 30, 2010

Rain Walker

Acrylic on Panel - 9 x 12 inches SOLD
Obviously from a photo, 'cause there's no way I'm gonna paint out on a rainy afternoon, and my vision isn't so slow to see trails in headlights. Not yet.

May 29, 2010


Acrylic on Panel - 9 x 12 inches

One of the costumed participants in last year's Bay to Breakers costume mini marathon. Despite the subject matter it feels a little cartoony to me. I can decide if she should stand out more or less from the background. Does the background help set the scene or is it just distracting?

The only part I really like is the gold trim on her costume. Loose, brushy and not a touch of gold paint.

May 28, 2010

Park Walk

Acrylic on Panel - 9 x 12 inches

Another random snapshot of the neighborhood. I liked the lighting and the mood, but not entirely sure I captured anything of great interest. So be it.

I did learn a lot in terms of the values of the trees, as the receded and the brightness of the sidewalk, but I don't think I succeeded terribly well in rendering either.

Tres Palmas II

Acrylic on Panel - 12 x 9 inches sold

From an old postcard sketch I did, I decided to ramp it up. You can see it differs a bit from the promo image at the top of the page, for many reasons, like my poor photography skills, but mostly from my decision to get more sunlight on the face of the building, and to lighten up the shadows a little.

May 27, 2010

Factory II

Acrylic on Panel – 14 x 11 inches

I had originally done this as a postcard last year, so I thought I'd try it again, bigger. What's missing is the looseness of brush work, which is what I guess I really liked.

May try mixing up some puddles and setting the timer for 30 minutes and attacking this again soon.

May 24, 2010

Eddie's Cafe

Acrylic on Panel – 12 x 9 inches sold

In trying to work larger, I'm struggling to resist using the small brushes. I find I'm being stingy with the paint, especially in the puddle I mix up. Just not used to it yet is all. And I'm having a hard time keeping things loose without trying to put every tiny object in place. For this one, I actually went back a few days later and put some looser strokes in place to give it some energy and have it not look too much like an illustration.

I might try this again with a different crop. It's hard to tell what the intended focus is here anyway.

And don't miss the banner (upper right) mentioning the upcoming show at Apollo.

May 21, 2010

Bike Train

Acrylic on Panel - 9 x 12 inches

I've had this photo floating around for a while but didn't feel up to painting people just yet. I had such great success sketching it and doing a value study that I went ahead and sketched a larger version too.

However my luck changes beyond this point. I guess the value sketching was just easier because I wasn't trying to hard and there was no color issues to deal with. Because I'm new to painting larger, and I really wanted to make a "masterpiece" out of this, I wound up migrating to small brushes way too soon, and lost sight of "big picture" concepts.

For one, the composition is crap. Why the train? Why the off kilter angle? Why this cropping? These are all good questions to consider before painting all afternoon and obsessing about the curve of an ear lobe. Ugh!

May 20, 2010

Davenport IV

Acrylic on Canvas Panel - 14 x 18 Ω
I've been busy trying to learn how to paint larger, for an upcoming show, so I've been a little slack on posting.
I just received a great new accessory – a clip on "natural light" easel lamp. Wow, what an eye opener. My apartment has terrible lighting, and now that the days are longer, and I tend to paint in the evening, the difference in illumination between 5:00 and 8:00 runs the full gamut.
Now I have a much more consistent environment, and it's helping me mix more accurate color well into the night. As a result, I'm re-examing some recent work and making adjustments. I'm also doing some new, larger pieces, which I'll be posting as well.
This landscape still bugs me. I've improved a lot of the detail areas, but those distant hills are still wrong. I think they need to be a lot lighter to help demonstrate their distance. Maybe I'll take another swing at it soon.

May 7, 2010


Acrylic on Canvas Paper - 9 x 12 inches

It's a new month, so a new Virtual Paintout event. This time the location is the Czech Republic. An entire nation as a virtual location!

The real challenge was finding spots that had actually been logged by Google's streetview crew. After hunting for a while, I gave in and went straight to the river front in Prague.

I really need to stop painting on the canvas paper, though I seem to have tons of it in supply. It really sucks the moisture out of the paint, and makes it hard to get any "flow" happening. I never really noticed it before, but since I've been painting on panels and postcards, I can really tell the difference.

I guess I could put a heavier base coat on the paper, but at that point, I might as well use something else. Anybody ever experience this phenomenon too?