Saturday, April 12, 2014

"Cheeky Me" Art Club Demo



Last week, I gave an hour watercolor demo. of my "California-Vibe" style of portraiture at The Sacramento Fine Arts Center. I will be returning to the center on May 24, 25, and 26 to conduct my "California-Vibe Watercolor Portraiture" workshop. The first photo shows how far I got into the painting at the end of the hour demo. The second photo shows the painting completed after about another hour's work in my studio.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Getting closer?????

Two thousand watercolor artists the world over entered The Art Of Watercolour's (a prominent French art magazine) first World Watercolour Compitition with moire being one of them. A few months ago, I past the first judging stage, and last week, I past the second stage. The competitors have now been culled down to 294 selected artists (that's "artistes" in French, and I have probably misspelled the word!). Twenty five to thirty will finally be chosen in the third and final judging stage for the winter exhibit in bon France, and I am hoping that I will be lucky enough to make that final cut. Like my French???

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Thinking in Chinese and Heading for Salt Lake City!









I find that watercoloring a portrait in a traditional, straight ahead manner BORING. I paint in what I call my "California-Vibe" style. In other words,  a portrait that is loaded with amped up Xpression . . .  inventive paint application, evocative design elements, dramatic composition, and no-holds-barred color. This post shows the progressive stages in one of my latest creations. The majority of these CA-Vibe pieces work, but every once in a while, they can derail. What do you think of this one, kind reader????? By the way, I threw in that Salt Lake City at sunset photo, because I fly there tomorrow to conduct my first out-of-state "California-Vibe" portraiture workshop for Studio 21. I will be conduction a second one back in Sacramento this May, and my third in August at Bend, Oregon. I'm doing my best to spread the vibes!!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The one that didn't get away!






I charged hard on this one . . . a bonsai attack! By the time I got to the stage in the fourth photo here, I felt my watercolor portrait had turned into a steaming pile of paint poop! Pooh!! Undaunted, I continued my attack and turned the proverbial sow's ear into a silk purse!!! Can you spot the change ups?

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Male subject in charcoal, water color, and acrylic










First I drew this male subject (an ex-student of mine and quite a good pen and ink man) in SOFT charcoal. Next, I loosely shaded with the same soft charcoal. Then I deepened some of the darkest facial features and outside contour lines with a semi-soft charcoal pencil. After that procedure, I pulled out a Kleenex and wiped over the entire drawing. You can see how it spread a light gray film of charcoal over the entire page. I went back in with the semi-soft charcoal pencil again to re-establish my dark and middle values. Last, but certainly not least, I erased out highlights with a soft eraser pencil. This is a fabulous method for charcoal sketching! 
The other four paintings are watercolor and an acrylic study.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Mellow Yellow Selfie

This last selfie for awhile was painted on an 11 by 15 inch sheet of Fabriano Artistico, 140lb. cold press watercolor paper. It was a demo for an art club in the Sacramento area. Painting and talking time was one hour. I painted it a little bit in the style of an oil painter that I really admire - Robert Heindel. Check him out!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

I'm back with more color and cheekiness!!

 An 11 by 15 inch watercolor self portrait on 140 lb. Artistico cold press watercolor paper. I call paintings like this my "California-Vibe" style of watercolor portraiture. I'm teaching California-Vibe portraiture in a workshop on March 27-29 at the Colleen Reynolds Studio in Salt Lake City, Utah (sold out), on May 24-26 for the Sacramento Fine Arts Center, Sacramento, CA, and on August 11-15 for Art in the Mountains in Bend, Oregon.