Here are some recent views of my studio spaces: my garage in the top three photos and my living room on the bottom. I am a man richly blessed with two places to work.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Here is a scene of the Arroyo Seco from the Colorado Street Bridge. The Vista del Arroyo is in the background. On the left are some historic bungalows. At the bottom right is a beautiful new condominium designed to look like an Italian piazza. I did a quick sketch of the scene in my Aquabee sketchbook using pen and ink and blocked out the major shapes, punching up the colors slightly and emphasizing the light and shadows.
I have just completed the first eight paintings of my new series entitled Explorations of Los Angeles. These are 16" x 20" collages consisting of original watercolor paintings on both hot and cold press paper; small thumbnail sketches in pencil; with color and composition studies along the top and bottom. They are mounted to a gesso'd, cradled hardboard panel with acrylic matte medium. I added lines, stenciled text and accents with colored pencil to complete it.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Here is the next painting in my Rainy Night Los Angeles series: Burrito Express, the ultimate burrito place, located in Pasadena. After taking a reference photo and making a tiny thumbnail sketch, I roughed out the scene in pen and blocked in the major areas of color. I haven't yet added in the white accents or any detail. I will do that next.
Living in Southern California is awesome for many reasons, not the least of which is living a mile away from In N Out Burger: the ultimate drive-in. I am working on a new series called Rainy Night Los Angeles, featuring views of my favorite night time places, and this is the first piece.
I took a few reference photos at different times of the evening, trying to understand the look and feel of light as night comes. I did a small 2" pen sketch to establish the composition before sketching the scene in my 6" x 9" Aquabee sketchbook. I started in the center with a light wash of yellow, and added red and blue as I moved toward the edge of the scene, away from the light. I enhanced the night sky with Ultramarine Blue and Marine Blue, and accented the sign lettering with Titanium white.
This is a study sketch that I will use to develop a larger painting.
I recently had the good fortune to be asked by one of the writers of the French magazine The Art of Watercolour if I would submit some images for an article they were doing on sketchbooks. Here is the finished product: a nice little spread, featuring my portable art kit.