Sunday, May 17, 2015

Latest watercolor portrait - "Perturbed"

My latest 11 by 14 inch (quarter sheet) watercolor portrait. I am preparing to conduct one of my California Vibe Watercolor Portraiture Workshops this summer for the Western Society of Artists in the San Francisco Bay area.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Just for the fun of it.

In my pen and ink art class that I teach at Sacramento City College, we studied the work of illustrator Ralph Steadman of "Fear and Loathing in Ls Vegas fame. I took out my crow quill pen and bottle of ink and did a demo. Had no idea how my effort was going to turn out, but I had fun doing it. Oh, and I also used the tip of my fore finger for the dark areas in the hair, face, and around the beard.

Monday, May 4, 2015

The Palette Magazine - I'm in it!

A few posts back, I talked about being asked to participate in a three-artist watercolor portrait painting exhibition in Santa Rosa, California. The other two (marvelous) painters were Christopher Schink with his geometric style and Myrna Wacknov with her multi-media style. We had two hours to paint the model Juanita (with a parrot on her shoulder). She held a smile in twenty minute increments fro the entire posing time! I was taken with that vibrant smile and georgeous black curly hair,. Indeed, that is what I focused on. The demo took place in February. It was so exciting to paint with two great artists while an audience of watercolor enthusiasts looked on. Just as exciting was to be included in an article about this event in the latest issue of The Palette Magazine!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Crest Theater here in Sacramento is indeed a jewel of a structure. It hosts both fims and various live performances. This was a GREAT exercise in VALUE control. I worked from a reference photograph and painted on a half sheet of 140lb. cold press watercolor paper.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Go See Saul

I teach part time at a local two year college here in Sacramento, and yesterday (top photo) I posted my painting start of him (second photo). Today, you see my finished watercolor (third photo at bottom). In yesterday's post, I wrote that I was absolutely, positively not going to paint anything else in his semi-unfinished left eye. I did plan, however, to render his mouth more fully. Upon doing that today, I saw that Saul's left eye needed just a little more of a tonal wash to balance with his mouth detailing. I am  very happy with the result.

But what about that top photo you ask. That was watercolored about a month ago, and I feel it is not up to my standard of watercolor portraiture. I over painted it. Not enough value contrast No pop!  Here is a good case study of doing more than one painting of the same subject. It's like rehearsing a stage play. You deliver your lines with much more conviction and nuance after a number of rehearsals.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Dare I ask for comments on this California Vibe watercolor portrait?

Instead of shamelessly fishing for sympathy comments as I did in my previous post, I now am seeking comments in the form of opinions. This is one of my loose, colorful California Vibe portraits that I am well- known for. I worked on this last night (whilst listening to French Fry Radio on Pandora). I have fixed in my CA Vibe mind to not do any more painting in the sunglasses . . . zippo. But I do want to render the mouth and teeth more as well as his top knot of hair. That's it and nothing else. This watercolor portrait will have a partially unfinished look. What do y'all think of my plan? I really want some opinions, pretty please with whipping cream and a cherry on top!
By the way, that black thingy on the bottom left is the dangling headphone cord that was plugged into my iPhone that I was using to photograph this piece (I was still listening to French Fry Radio - love their music). 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

I poured my heart out and only one measly comment!!!!

I wrote in my previous post "OMG, my bicycle painting died!",  and all I got was ONE comment. A very complimentary comment BUT ONLY ONE!!!! Well, my blog readers, I tore up said dead painting into a zillion tiny itsy bitsy pieces whilst a steady stream of my tears rained over them. Here is my second painting. I beg you, pretty please with whipping cream and a strawberry on top, send me a comment, any comment -  good, bad, or butt ugly. Anything. Fingers crossed. :-)  :-)