Friday, October 28, 2011

The Palette

I use two palettes for the majority of my work: a Winsor & Newton Cotman Field Sketch Box for my sketchbook work; and a John Pike palette for my studio work. I use Holbein transparent watercolor for both palettes.

The field sketch box comes with student grade half pans which I remove and replace with a squirt from the tube. I do not fill the Pike palette with the entire contents but rather refresh the palette before each painting session with a small amount of paint. I spray both palettes with water a few minutes before painting to make sure the paint is nice and juicy.

Here are my colors:

Permanent Alizarin Crimson
Cadmium Red Light
Permanent Yellow Orange
Gamboge Nova
Greenish Yellow
OLive Green
Cobalt turquoise Light
Cerulean Blue
Cobalt Blue
Marine Blue
Ultramarine Blue
Mineral Violet
Raw Sienna
Burnt Sienna
Burnt Umber

For the present time I no longer use Opera, or Titanium White, if I can help it, although it is shown in the above photo.

I leave out Greenish Yellow, Cobalt Turquoise Light and Mineral Violet when using the field box as it only has twelve slots.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Interpreting Photographs Part 2

This is the Chinatown Metro Station.

Interpreting Photographs

Here is a street in Chinatown.

My Home and Studio

This is my home and studio: a 1909 California Craftsman Bungalow on a beautiful street in Bungalow Heaven.

Mission San Juan Capistrano

I painted this many years ago, during the first California Art Club Mission San Juan Capistrano Paint out.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Art Gallery

After exploring acrylics, oil, and collages, and being in a number of other galleries, I have returned to the thing I do best: working in transparent watercolor; and focusing my effort in one gallery: Galerie Gabrie in Pasadena. We have been together since before the beginning, when Jasminka was still at Poulson's Gallery. She gave me my start in a serious gallery, and when she left to start her own, I followed. Through the years I dabbled in other cool and exciting mediums, and explored different ways to paint, which has contributed to the way I paint today. Now it time to relax and paint in the way I paint best, doing the subjects I love most.

Wine Label

I am doing a wine label for a friend. He is a small independent vintner who makes awesome wine. The scene on the label is an interpretation of his home, where he makes and bottles his wine. My son Jeremy helped me with the label design.