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Bean Hollow Painting Animation

I’m often asked about demonstration my process, in order to see how paintings progress. The painting on the left is an example of the progression I can go through. The animation starts with the original painting, then shows the changes I made, in part based no a crtitique by Ted Georschner. In the final painting (which will be in my show opening January 3rd! Plug, plug), I did the following

  1. I darkened significantly the bottom of the painting. This allowed the viewer’s eye to focus where I wanted them to focus, on the golden light lit ice plans on the hillside. Darkening the bottom of a painting like this was also a technique used by Edgar Payne.
  2. I added some trees atop the bluff. This pushed back further the background trees, and it gave me a nice dark to help the ice plants look even more illuminated. An artist will often surround a light with darks to help punch it up. The range of our pigments is a small fraction of that found in light, so we rely on techniques like that to strengthen light.

Trip to Aruba

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I can’t believe I haven’t written in this blog for a month! It’s been a busy time. I started a 5-6 month consulting contract to refill my $ coffers, and I went to Aruba over Thanksgiving week.

I was really looking forward to this trip, and while there were some highlights, in general it was too hot/humid to paint much. I did complete three paintings, and a number of pen/ink wash sketches. The island’s landscape is unique–at least as far as I’ve seen in the Caribbean. It’s located 20 miles off the coast of Venezuela, so it’s far south which gives it a particularly arid climate. Cactus and iguana share the island with an oil refinery–yet, an oil refinery. It was surreal to sit under a palappa at Baby Beach and see this refinery spewing green smoke and fire across the way.

We also noticed a lot starving dogs–nice vacation, huh? So, we bought a box of dog biscuits and gave them out as we toured around.

In the end, I may do some studio paintings from my photos. We’ll see. I want to finish my series of Autumn paintings for my January show, so we’ll see if I have time.

Asilomar #1

Spent a couple of days painting in the Carmel area (Point Lobos, Asilomoar, Pacific Grove). I’m really fascinated right now by the incredible color and design possibilities sand dunes covered in ice plant. The complementary red/green combinations are powerful, especially in the late afternoon and early morning light. This paitning was done around 6pm. I intend on painting a series of this subject, perhaps for hanging at Viewpoints Gallery in November.

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Rocky Point Lobos


Cypress Cove, Point Lobos
Another day at Point Lobos! Wow, I love this place. Unfortunately, again, it was foggy. The coast was clear all the way down to Carmel. I could have painted in sun elsewhere, but I love the deep water and rocks of this great park. Here, I focused on capturing the turbulence of the water played against the steadfast nature of the rocks. This will be in my first solo show, opening this weekend.

Juicy!

In Laguna, I had fun producing a few small rocks/surf studies, with lots of juicy paint! Using this technique in representing water is particularly effective because water is mostly made of “edges” of color in sharp contract. This, and pallette knife technique work realy well.

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