Monday, January 27, 2014

Abstract - Part 2

I made some progress on my large abstract painting yesterday. I worked on it outside on the patio, using my taboret as a mobile palette holder. The 60" x 80" canvas is supported by a Mabef Studio Easel. 

Using my 11" x 14" study as a guide, I covered the canvas with acrylic paint, letting it drip and be thin in places. I want the final painting to be very loose and casual with a feeling of urban graffiti. I added some splatters with the brush, and some scribbles with white pastel.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The New Studio

Here is my new studio in the den of our 1959 mid-century modern home. The shelves on the left contain my art books, notebooks, bookshelf stereo and art supplies. I designed the worktable and had a friend make it for me. IKEA wooden critique rails line the walls and display both finished and in-progress paintings. The easel is for working on large abstract acrylic paintings. My Joe Columbo taboret sits in the center of the space and can roll around as needed. A skylight illuminates the room by day, and a collection of Artemide work lights does the job by night. I open the sliding glass door as I work, so there is always a nice fresh breeze.

This is a lot different from my original garage studio. There is less room, and I can't smoke a cigar here, but it is now in the house, close to the action, well lit, and very organized.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Hawaii - Part 3

A quick sketch of Honolulu from the summit of Diamond Head, some sketches of our hotel, the entrance to the Dole Plantation, and the flight home.

Hawaii - Part 2

Some sketches on the beach of Waikiki, a fish taco stand, and a deserted stretch of pure white sand, blue water, fluffy clouds and a gentle breeze.

Hawaii - Part 1

We arrived late in the day, and after getting the shuttle to our hotel, checking in and having dinner, the sun had gone down. I only had time to do a few night sketches from our chairs on Waikiki Beach.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Interior Sketch

Here is a quick interior sketch done across two pages of a Canson Montval watercolor book. I used a water soluble pen and watercolor.

Two Quick Sketches from the Deck

These are two sketches done from our deck, while sitting in the lounge chair. This is a nice way to relax on a Saturday afternoon. 

Pasadena Home

Here are three studies and the final painting of a home in Pasadena. The study sketches were done in my Aquabee 6" x 9" Sketchbook. The final 14" x 20" painting was done on 140 lb. Arches hot press paper.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Study for a Large Abstract

I have a commission to a large abstract for a mid-century modern home in Pasadena. The final size for the piece is 60" x 80". In order to accomplish this, I had to come up with a logical work plan. The first step was to do a series of small 5" x 7" studies, of which I selected one to develop further. 

This painting is the 11.5" x 14" detailed study that I will use to guide the final painting. It is done on a piece of 300 lb. Canson cold press watercolor paper. I coated it with gesso and painted it with acrylic, using brushes, a palette knife, and my fingers to get the texture I liked. I added line work with pencil and pastel, and stenciled some copy with a fine point pencil.