Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Colorado Road Trip

I flew to Denver a few weeks before Christmas so I could ride back to Southern California with my son, Tyler. These are the sketches from that trip.

At the top is the view from the plane as we flew over an overcast and cloud covered landscape. It was very cold when we landed. We had to wait for the handlers to get organized, so I used that time to capture the action on the tarmac.

We drove to Craig that afternoon. Tyler was driving so I was able to do some quick sketches from the passenger seat. It snowed off and on and the roads were icy in parts. We took I-70 instead of Berthoud Pass (which is my favored, but slightly longer route), and went through the Eisenhower Tunnel.

Craig is beautiful in the wintertime. All of the trees are bare and the sky is a mixture of whites, light blues and steel treys that I never tire of. I made a few sketches of the view from my mom's backyard.

We were there for only a few days, leaving on Saturday for the long drive back. The scenery is epic, and show in the bottom two sketches. It was the perfect trip.

Studio Upgrades for 2015

For 2015 I am making a few adjustments to my studio. It is quite small as you can see in the photos, so space is at a premium. Because of that, I designed a workshop table that I will use for storage and for staging of upcoming projects. Right now I am using my camera tripod with a portable table top on which I have placed a piece of Gator board. It will have a 22"x 30" work surface and a shelf below. It will be on lockable casters so I can move it wherever I need it. My friend Yung is making it for me.

I also hung a series of sketches on the wall behind the door: sketches of the palette box, paints and brushes I use. These were done on Canson paper, and mounted to cradled hardboard panels which I had previously gessoed. I sprayed Krylon Crystal Clear on them for protection.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Brea Art Gallery - Watercolor Workshop

Here are some images from Saturday's painting workshop at the Brea Art Gallery. We did a sketch and a painting of the bungalows overlooking the Arroyo in Pasadena. We met upstairs in a large space that was the ultimate workshop room: it was well lit, the tables were big and spread out, and there was water close at hand. It made for a perfect Saturday afternoon of painting.

And afterward, everyone could view the Watercolor West show in the gallery downstairs.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Watercolor Workshop Paintings

I have been teaching a weekly watercolor class at the Creative Arts Group in Sierra Madre. Here are images of the some of the subjects and the general scene during the demonstrations. I work on 140# Fabriano cold press paper, and Holbein transparent watercolor.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Studio Spaces

Here are some of my set ups from the last few months: my inside studio, my outside studio, teaching at the Creative Arts Group in Sierra Madre, and teaching a watercolor workshop at Swain's Art Store in Glendale.

Recent Sketchbook Work

Here is some recent sketchbook work ti illustrate the variety (and randomness) of my subject matter. These are quick, ten second value studies done for the painting of the Pasadena Playhouse during a watercolor class at Swain's Art Store.

Here is a pen and ink sketch of the Green Hotel done from Central Park. 

This was done on the deck while enjoying a nice cigar.

This is the fourth study sketch for a commission I am struggling with.

These are small abstract studies, done to loosen up before doing some real work.

Houses and trees from across the canyon.

Waiting in line at the car wash.

Another cigar time on the deck.

Two sketches while at the Huntington.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Some Recent Work

Here is some recent work from the sketchbook. I was at the Getty Center a few weeks ago and did a few quick sketches of the beautiful architecture there. The drawings were done on site, and painted later in the studio.

Next is a study sketch of a scene at the Pasadena City Hall that I did for a commissioned watercolor I am working on.

Below that is a quick study of the Green Hotel, done from Central Park in Pasadena last Sunday night while waiting for the film festival to begin.

I taught two workshops last weekend at Swain's Art Store in Glendale. I took a photo of my demonstration painting: the Pasadena Playhouse.

Finally, a 5" x 7" study sketch of the Redlands Valley Sunset, done for my class at the Creative Arts Group in Sierra Madre.