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.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Some Recent Sketches and Paintings

Here are some random, recent sketches and paintings. 

Above is a craftsmen styled fire station in Encino. I did this while waiting to give a demonstration for the San Fernando Valley Art Club a few weeks ago. 

This is a sketch of the building across from my church, done while sitting under a tree talking on the phone to my mom on Mother's Day.

We were still talking, so I swung around and did this view of my car, parked on the street. 

Here is a quick study of a director's chair on my deck, done yesterday afternoon while relaxing.

This is a study of a painting I will be doing for a friend of mine, of his house in the valley. 

This is a finished painting of downtown Los Angeles from an adjacent park. It was done on Fabriano watercolor paper, and is 11" x 14".

I started this painting many years ago, on another Mid Valley Paint Out, this time in Claremont. I pulled it out the other day, cropped it, added some dramatic light, and some pen work.

Saturday in The Park with the Mid Valley Art League

I participated in the annual Saturday in the Park with the Masters event a few weeks ago. At the top is a sketch of the antique paint box I used, and directly above is my set up for the day.

This is my first subject, the auditorium and the administration building. I did a quick study sketch in my Aquabee sketchbook to block out the composition and establish the values.

Here is the final version, done on 14" x 20" Fabriano cold press watercolor paper. I used pencil and watercolor, then came back with water soluble pen and white gouache to finish it up and give it some texture.

Here is the second painting of the day: a view looking south under the trees.