Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Road Trip!

My good friend and very talented artist Paul Bianchini and his golden retriever Gus, took a road trip with me to the Suisun Valley wine growing region about 45 miles outside Sacramento (and on the way to the Napa Valley wine growing region). We went there to scout out a location for a sun protecting tent that the Ledgewood Creek Winery is going to set up for my watercolor workshop towards the end of August. Upon arrival at the winery, we graciously were each offered a fabulous glass of their latest Pino Chard. Of course we therefor decided to purchase a bottle and two glasses for our scouting expedition. We found the perfect location to set up the tent. Of course we then decided to do a little sketching while in the vineyard. Of course we first had to make a toast before our labors. Of course, whilst sketching, we indulge in a few sips of the good stuff. And after said labors, of course, we had to celebrate. That's my good and somewhat tipsy buddy at the end of our scout-n-sketch. I somehow managed to do that bamboo pen sketch with watercolor wash. A most happy day it was...of course!!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Last Sunday's Watercolor Portrait Workshop

Well, here she is again. By the way, I found this comely lass about a year ago on Before I painted this demonstration for my workshop students, I decided on using the colors burnt sienna, yellow ochre, Opera (made by Windsor Newton), permanent rose, ultramarine blue, phthalo blue, and just a smidgin of a bright yellow. I stressed to my students that one can pick a variety of colors for the face and hair just so long as one uses them in an harmonious manner. The last thing I did before the workshop concluded was to do a wet-on-wet ochre, yellow background which served to bring out the outside border of her hair quite nicely. On the very outside edges of the hair and while the wet-on-wet was still somewhat moist, I pulled of some paint with a dry brush to enhace the slight value difference between the hair edge and background value. I have also included a few shots of my workshop students working on their portraits.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Getting ready for this Sunday's Portrait Workshop

Every time I conduct a water color, acrylic, or whatever workshop, i paint what we will be painting workshop time. This female study will be painted by me and my workshop students this Sunday.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Expressive Color

Color corresponds to value. Ever looked through red acetate or a sheet of red plastic? You see like a dog...woof, woof. You see a value range from light to dark but no chroma or color. You can paint with one color, be it in red, blue , yellow or really any damn color that floats your boat. If you can do that well enough, how about any damn COLORS that float your boat but with the same value range that you see while looking through that sheet of red plastic? That is what I did here ( I didn't, however, look through a sheet of red plastic as I can see colors as values without any visual aide). Fun, ugh! I painted this gent (once my student at Sacramento City College) in water color. I read that to water color is "to control the flood". What a great description!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Born In The USA

Another bad boy off his bike and lookin to mix it up, dude!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Playing Fast @ Loose

Three water colors of some bad boy bikers I did awhile back. They were each painted with FAST and LOOSE brush work, just the way i like it. Born to be free!! PS: motorcycles scare the crap out of me as far as riding them... ain't NO WAY!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Me and fellow plein air artist, Phlllipe

Posted just for the hell of it. Phillipe, suave Frenchman that he is, is wearing the rakish hat. I, the ugly lookin bastard, is wearing the worn out and should- be- thrown- out blue shirt...maybe the jeans should also follow the shirt...what do you think? Hey, who is that conductor dude on Mr, fancy pants shirt? And what the hell have I got in my hands? Doesn't look like a paint brush. We were both painting a barn en plein air (ahh, those fancy French words!) that fine morning last spring. You can see my painting and plein air rig in the other photo here. By the way, Phillipe's rig is one of them expensive Soltex jobs. Also by the way, Phillipe is a superb oil painter.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Brooster the Rooster!

I did this rooster with attitude about 4 years ago. Wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, and some splattering for pizzaz! In facr, it was done for a workshop during the Chinese year of the rooster.