| 24 July, 2012 13:33
I'm past the midpoint and am on the downhill slope. In other words, I have more than 25 of my 50 paintings done! In fact, I just posted several more, which you can select and view via the thumbnails page.
One of my recent pieces, Let's Tour, is handled a little differently. I shot the reference photo along San Francisco's Embarcadero, which was bustling with automobiles, streetcars, pedestrians, and cycling tourists, as you see below.
So much was going on in the background that I decided to paint the figures, bike, and cart with my deatiled, realistic style and use a looser technique beyond. This helps the main part of the image to stand out and not get lost amongst all the busyness. Click on the title or image to go to the gallery, then hit the "+" in the upper right-hand corner of the painting to bring up the large view.
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| 17 July, 2012 02:11
I'm sometimes told that my artwork looks so realistic and has so much detail that it's hard to believe I really painted it. Guess what? I DID! Fellow 50-50 IV artist Mark Monsarrat suggested I scan one of my images at different stages to show the process (thank you, Mark!).
But first, before putting brush to ground, there is preliminary work to do. I apply three coats of gesso to my 6" MDF panel and sand after each coat. This prepares the surface for painting. After studying my reference photos I select my favorite and make any changes needed to the composition. I then make a pencil sketch, which I transfer onto my gessoed panel. At this point I'm ready to paint. In the case of It's a Haul, I first laid in the dark areas with black gesso.
Next I began painting in the flesh, orange, and gold tones of the cardboard, boxes, and building in the background.
Concentrating on the cart and market in back, I continued with the color, adding in greens, blues, and reds. My goal was to get the cart and background looking nearly finished.
In the last stages I completed the figure, added a shadow and some color to the street at the bottom, and signed the painting.
Click on the final image above to go to the gallery, then hit the "+" in the upper right-hand corner of the painting to bring up the enlargement.
| 09 July, 2012 18:25
I'm getting so busy painting that I'm not taking the time to scan and post my work! The first thirteen paintings for the 50-50 show are now in my 50-50 IV gallery, so take a look there for all of them. Three of the latest are posted below.
Sweet Sensations is a dessert from Mandalay, a Burmese restaurant in San Francisco that has fabulous food and friendly service. The dishes are presented so nicely they look like works of art.
This marvelous banana slug is California's state invertebrate (whether that's official or unofficial I cannot tell from a quick Google search). I almost ran across it, quite literally, on a walk at San Pedro County Park and call it A Stroll in the Woods.
An excursion to Oakland's Chinatown brought forth a delightful street scene of shoppers selecting produce. The title is Market Day. Yes, it's within my 15 mile radius as the crow flies (just barely!).
Click on the images to go to the gallery versions, then hit the "+" in the upper right-hand corner of each painting to bring up the enlargements.
| 03 July, 2012 02:29
Part of what I love about the theme I have chosen for the 50-50 IV exhibit is the variety of subjects from which I may choose. Paintings 4 and 5 depict one of my favorites: food! Along the lines of "Life is short; eat dessert first," I eagerly moved on to rocky road cheesecake in all its decadence. This one comes from the bakery at 99 Ranch Market, located at Skyline Plaza in Daly City.
#4, Rocky Road Delight, is an acrylic painting on an MDF panel. To see a larger version, click on "Original Art." (Typed text at lower left does not appear on original art.)
Upon painting (and eating) the cheesecake, I felt something more nutritious was in order. I went straight for the items our mothers always say we should eat: vegetables. Don't these look marvelous? They are from the Daly City Farmer's Market behind Serramonte Mall.
| 02 July, 2012 14:50
The bright maroon dachshund with chef's hat near the San Francsico Zoo never ceases to bring a smile to my face. I remember when the head existed there at the Carousel Restaurant and was sad when a wind storm damaged its nose, forcing its removal. But it was restored and the pup is there now, surveying the world from his perch above Sloat Boulevard. Long live the Diner dog!
#3, Doggie Diner Retrospective, is an acrylic painting on an MDF panel. To see a larger version, click on "Original Art." (Typed text at lower left does not appear on original art.)