Sunday, August 19, 2012

Fresh Paint

 These are some of the new paintings I had at the Napa Valley Art Festival yesterday. I was afraid this one might be too colorful, but i just kind of let it go that way. I really like the sky shape. 12x24"

Setting up an easel in the middle of Market Street is always challenging. 9x12"

For this sun glaring San Francisco scene, i tried to tone down the color a bit, giving it a slightly mono chromatic feel. 16x20"

Palm trees and scrappy liquor stores. I love L.A. 11x14"

I prefer all original classic cars to hot rods, but decided to paint this woody anyway, despite its mag wheels.  "Surf Ready" 9x12"

I've been driving by this car for years and finally made a date to go paint it. I had intended to leave more space between the car and the right side of the canvas, but my drawing got away from me and I decided to leave it. I kind of like the resulting tension it creates.  "Working Man"  11x14"

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Fall Workshop in New Mexico!

I'll be teaching a workshop in Taos October 16, 17 and 18. I'll be going to Santa Fe for the Canyon Road paint out on the 20th and thought I might be able to get enough students for a workshop. Such great stuff to paint in that area! It's a great time of year out there and seems to be no shortage of old buildings and old vehicles. See my website for more details

This is from a small town just outside Taos. I like the abstract quality of it, and I'm particularly fond of the sky shape.  "Sheltering Sky" 8x10"

In my back road ramblings between Taos and Santa Fe I found a small property that had about a dozen old cars in the yard ( and a noisy little chihuahua.) I fell in love with this old Buick Special and fantasized about being able to afford to have it fixed up and made road worthy. I'd make sure the chrome was polished, but would leave the rust as is.

I don't paint too many pure landscapes, and maybe because of the road and sign this doesn't exactly qualify, but it's about as close as I get. This was a back road just south of Santa Fe. I was struck by how intensely blue the distant hills appeared.